Salman Rushdie

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Salman Rushdie

Writers and Their Work

2012

June 1st, 2012

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Salman Rushdie is one of the most widely discussed of contemporary writers; also, one whose work has provoked disagreement and controversy—not least in the far-reaching 'Rushdie affair.' This study seeks to provide a balanced view by approaching Rushdie's fiction in terms of its dual responsibility to the 'found' world of historical circumstance and the 'made' world of the imagination. The novels are seen as characteristic texts for our times, negotiating between different (often conflicting) cultures, dissonant discourses, heterogeneous literary conventions, incommensurable conceptions of truth. The new edition considers the shifts in perspective observable in Rushdie's more recent fiction, adjustments to this creative negotiation which reflect changes in the author's understanding of the world in the new millennium.

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Damian Grant taught English for most of his career at Manchester University, where he also held the post of Director of Combined Studies. He spent one year at the University of Tunis, and two years at the University of Lille. He has lectured at many other universities abroad, often for the British Council. He participated for many years in the British Council Seminar on Contemporary Literature in Cambridge, latterly as co-chairman. On retirement he remarried and now lives in France.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover 1
Half Title 2
Title Page 4
Copyright5
Dedication6
Contents8
Acknowledgements9
Biographical Outline10
Abbreviations13
1 Introduction16
2 Grimus42
3 Midnight’s Children53
4 Shame72
5 The Satanic Verses86
6 Haroun and the Sea of Stories and East, West109
7 The Moor’s Last Sigh122
8 Interchapter138
9 The Ground Beneath Her Feet141
10 Three Novels for the New Millennium162
11 Conclusion190
Notes200
Select Bibliography217
Index229