A brilliant collection of short stories from the Booker prize-winning author.
In these nine stories Salman Rushdie looks at what happens when East meets West, at the forces that pull his characters first in one direction, then the other. Fantasy and realism collide as a rickshaw driver writes letters describing his film star career in Bombay; a mispronunciation leads to romance and an unusual courtship in sixties London; two childhood friends turned diplomats live out in a violent world fantasies hatched by Star Trek; and Christopher Columbus dreams of consummating his relationship with Queen Isabella. The stories in East, West show the extraordinary range and power of Salman Rushdie's writing.
“A vindication of the rights of fiction...His story-telling powers are alive and well - his ingenuity, wit, charm and his restless talent for the unexpected”
“The most original imagination writing today”
“Scheherazade meets Star Trek in these well-honed miniatures from the maestro of the cross-cultural blockbuster”
“Home in neither, but poised somewhere in between - Salman Rushdie's volume of short stories on this theme is deft, inventive, entertaining”
“One of the decade's great literary triumphs: magical, compassionate, wise, beautiful, and so very entertaining”
“Richly imaginative... The characters are memorable, the language swift, and the reader is touched by desire, friendship and love”
Globe and Mail
“Rushdie is the great post-imperial Indian writer”
Times Literary Supplement