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- Publisher: VINTAGE
- Format: Paperback | 192 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 16mm | 160g
- Publication date: 1 October 2006
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0099533014
- ISBN 13: 9780099533016
- Sales rank: 67,172
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 cunsummating his relationship with Queen Isabella. The stories in EAST, WEST show the extraordinary range and power of Salman Rushdie's writing.
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Salman Rushdie is the author of seven novels: Grimus, Midnight's Children (which was awarded the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Prize), Shame (winner of the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger), The Satanic Verses (winner of the Whitbread Prize for best novel), Haroun and the Sea of Stories (winner of the Writer's Guild Award), The Moor's Last Sigh and The Ground Beneath Her Feet. He has also published a collection of short stories, East, West; a book of reportage, The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey; a volume of essays, Imaginary Homelands; and a work of film criticism, 'The Wizard of Oz'. Salman Rushdie was awarded Germany's Author of the Year award for his novel The Satanic Verses in 1989. In 1993, Midnight's Children was adjudged the 'Booker of Bookers', the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. In the same year he was awarded the Austrian Stat Prize for European Literature. He is also an Honorary Professor in the Humaities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His books have been published in more than two dozen languages.
"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" Sunday Times "Literary magic" Literary Review "The most original imagination writing today" Nadine Gordimer "Scheherazade meets Star Trek in these well-honed miniatures from the maestro of the cross-cultural blockbuster" Independent "Home in neither, but poised somewhere in between - Salman Rushdie's volume of short stories on this theme is deft, inventive, entertaining" Financial Times
An inventive and powerfully lyrical collection, divided into three sections: 'East', 'West' and 'East, West'. Rushdie translates both of these worlds onto the page, and synthesizes their multifarious cultures - a result of his unique personal perception heightened by extraordinary circumstance. Brilliant. (Kirkus UK)
A rickshaw driver dreams of being a Bombay movie star; Indian diplomats, who as childhood friends hatched Star Trek fantasies, must boldly go into a hidden universe of conspiracy and violence; and Hamlet's jester is caught up in murderous intrigues. In Rushdie's hybrid world, an Indian guru can be a redheaded Welshman, while Christopher Columbus is an immigrant, dreaming of Western glory. Rushdie allows himself, like his characters, to be pulled now in one direction, then in another. Yet he remains a writer who insists on our cultural complexity; who, rising beyond ideology, refuses to choose between East and West and embraces the world.