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A collection of 75 essays that illuminate the culture of his times, and of ours.

Drawing from two political and several literary homelands, this collection presents a remarkable series of trenchant essays, demonstrating the full range and force of Salman Rushdie's remarkable imaginative and observational powers.

With candour, eloquence and indignation he carefully examines an expanse of topics; including the politics of India and Pakistan, censorship, the Labour Party, Palestinian identity, contemporary film and late-twentieth century race, religion and politics. Elsewhere he trains his eye on literature and fellow writers, from Julian Barnes on love to the politics of George Orwell's 'Inside the Whale', providing fresh insight on Kipling, V.S. Naipaul, Graham Greene, John le Carré, Raymond Carver, Philip Roth and Thomas Pynchon among others.

Profound, passionate and insightful, Imaginary Homelands is a masterful collection from one of the greatest writers working today.

Reviews

Literature of the highest order

Michael Foot

A book bristling with intelligence, deeply held opinions, and wonderful flights of fancy

Boston Globe

Playful profound and provocative...Rushdie is never less than instructive. He holds nothing back

New York Newsday

A deft, various, and humane collection

Christopher Hitchens, Independent

More intelligence and intellectual courage than most writers summon up in a lifetime

The Times

There is fine commentary here

Christopher Hirst, Independent

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    9781409058748

    January 4, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    448 pages

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    9780099542254

    April 1, 2010

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