Analysis Of Salman Rushdie

1046 Words5 Pages
SOUTH ASIAN WRITERS IN ENGLISH
Salman Rushdie
Born during the year of Indian independence(19th July, 1947), Sir Salman Rushdie is one of the most prominent and renowned British Indian novelist and essayist whose work of literature has been both critically accredited as well as caused extreme controversies to the point of fatwa being issued against him.
His literary works involve fiction based novels which mostly revolve around the backdrop of Indian subcontinent; crafted along with a unique blend of historical fiction and a touch of magical realism. He has won the booker prize award in the year 1981 for his second novel known as Midnight’s Children (1981).
Rushdie’s work reflects upon the issues that have arisen due to migration between Eastern
…show more content…
A brief review of Literature on Salman Rushdie’s work:
The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press: Sir Salman Rushdie (sälmän´ rōōsh´dē), 1947–, British novelist, b. Bombay (now Mumbai, India). He is known for the allusive richness of his language and the wide variety of Eastern and Western characters and cultures he explores. His first novels, including Midnight's Children (1981; Booker Prize; adapted for the stage by Rushdie, 2003) and Shame (1983), incorporate the technique of magic realism; elements of this approach can also be found in his later fiction. Parts of his allegorical novel The Satanic Verses (1988) were deemed sacrilegious and enraged many Muslims, including Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, who in 1989 issued a fatwa sentencing Rushdie to death. Violence occurred in some cities where the book was sold, and Rushdie went into hiding. From his seclusion he wrote Haroun and the Sea of Stories
…show more content…
Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses has haunted and perplexed readers and critics since its publication in 1988. The Satanic Verses models itself on the two-fold working of memory and imagination and skilfully interweaves the combined machinery of dreaming and waking. A distinction of both worlds—dream and reality—offers strange workings of the author’s (or more specifically, of the characters’) capacity to conjure beasts, humans and bodily metamorphoses. Events thus populate the world of The
Satanic Verses in the manner of a dream-like-waking or a waking-like-dream. This intricate mixture of dream and reality is also complicated by the difficulty of the efforts to translate dream-language into reality or reality into dream-language.

Impacts:
The book drew rather negative criticism due to the resemblance of the fictional character to Prophet Mohammad and majority of Muslim population saw it as insulting and offensive. The effects of his particular work have led to the issue of fatwa by the Supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini in February 14th, 1989 along with several death
Open Document