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Languages of truth : essays 2003-2020 / Salman Rushdie.

Rushdie, Salman, (author.).

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Moorhead Public Library 824.914 RUS (Text) 33500013407671 New Checked out 07/12/2021

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  • ISBN: 9780593133170
  • ISBN: 059313317X
  • Physical Description: xi, 356 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First U.S. Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, [2021]

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Part One -- Wonder Tales -- Proteus -- Heraclitus -- Another Writer's Beginnings -- Part Two -- Philip Roth -- Kurt Vonnegut and Slaughterhouse-Five -- Samuel Beckett's Novels -- Cervantes and Shakespeare -- Gabo and I -- Harold Pinter (1930-2008) -- Introduction to The Paris Review Interviews, Vol. IV -- Autobiography and the Novel -- Adaptation -- Notes on Sloth: from Saligia to Oblomov -- Hans Christian Andersen -- King of the World by David Remnick -- Very Well Then I Contradict Myself -- Part Three -- Truth -- Courage -- Texts for PEN -- Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) -- The Liberty Instinct -- Osama Bin Laden -- Ai Weiwei and Others -- The Half-Woman God -- Nova Southeastern University Commencement Address 2006 -- Emory University Commencement Address 2015 -- Part Four -- The Composite Artist: the Emperor Akbar and the Making of the Hamzanama -- Amrita Sher-Gil: Letters -- Bhupen Khakhar (1934-2003) -- Being Francesco Clemente: Self-Portraits, Gagosian Gallery, London, 2005 -- Taryn Simon: An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar, Whitney Museum, New York, 2007 -- Kara Walker at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2009 -- SebastiĆ£o Salgado -- The Unbeliever's Christmas -- Carrie Fisher -- Pandemic: A Personal Engagement with the Coronavirus -- The Proust Questionnaire: Vanity Fair.
Summary, etc.:
"Salman Rushdie is celebrated as a storyteller of the highest order, illuminating deep truths about our society and culture through his gorgeous, often searing, prose. Now, in his latest collection of nonfiction, he brings together insightful and inspiring essays, criticism, and speeches that focus on his relationship with the written word, and solidify his place as one of the most original thinkers of our time. Gathering pieces written between 2003 and 2019, Languages of Truth chronicles Rushdie's own intellectual engagement with a period of momentous cultural shifts. Immersing the reader in a wide variety of subjects, he delves into the nature of storytelling as a deeply human need, and what emerges is, in myriad ways, a love letter to literature itself. Rushdie explores what the work of authors from Shakespeare and Cervantes to Samuel Beckett, Eudora Welty, and Toni Morrison mean to him, often by telling vivid, sometimes humorous stories of his own personal encounters with them, whether on the page or in person. He delves deeper than ever before into the nature of "truth," revels in the vibrant malleability of language, and the creative lines that can join art and life, and he looks anew at migration, multiculturalism and censorship. The ideas, true stories and arguments presented here are at once revelatory, funny and eye-opening, enlivened on every page by Rushdie's signature wit and dazzling voice, making this volume a genuine pleasure to read"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 May #1
    "One of the things I've learned as a writer is voraciousness," Rushdie confided in a commencement speech. Ravenous for life, stories, freedom, and justice, he is propelled on intellectual journeys between East and West, past and present, fact and fiction, words and image. Rushdie has not merely gathered together the essays in his third robust retrospective collection in three decades; he has "thoroughly revised" every piece, plunging into a grand array of subjects and fashioning ensnaring prose that is, by turns, erudite, caustic, and funny. Rushdie shares vivid family stories, celebrates "wonder tales," and argues for boldly imaginative fiction. But he also avers that writers must "undertake the task of rebuilding our readers' belief in reality, their faith in the truth." He states that migration "is the great subject of our time"; considers moral courage and paradox; freshly critiques the work of writers and artists ranging from Hans Christian Andersen and Kurt Vonnegut to Amrita Sher-Gil and Kara Walker, and closes with a chronicle of his bout with COVID-19. Engrossing and provocative testimony to our need for the "languages of truth." Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen novels--Luka and the Fire of Life; 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; Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights; The Golden House; and Quichotte--and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of nonfiction--Joseph Anton; The Jaguar Smile; Imaginary Homelands; and Step Across This Line--and coedited 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.

Subject: Speeches, addresses, etc.
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Genre: Essays.

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