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  • Published: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409058748
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

Imaginary Homelands

Essays and Criticism 1981-1991




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.

  • Pub date: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781409058748
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

About the Author

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of thirteen previous novels – Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, Luka and the Fire of Life, Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights, and The Golden House – and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of non-fiction – Joseph Anton, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line – and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.

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Praise for Imaginary Homelands

“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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