Essay On Magic Realism In Salman Rushdie

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of the most eminent postcolonial writers, he is also generally known as one of the most momentous representatives of magic realism outside Latin America.
Salman Rushdie, one of the most renowned writers of Indian Diaspora, settled in England, shot into fame through his magnum opus, Midnight’s Children. He was born to an affluent Muslim family in Bombay on 19 June 1947. He grew up in Mumbai and graduated with honours from King’s College, Cambridge. Settled in England, Rushdie’s literary career started with his first novel, Grimus (1975), which was a meagre seller. With the publication of his second novel, Midnight’s Children, Rushdie’s eminence extend world-wide and the consequent novels Shame and The Satanic Verses (1988) made him one of the finest contemporary novelists in the world.
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His portrayal of characters and technique of storytelling are purposeful. He uses magic realism as a means for finding truth. The factors he uses to locate the truth give an aspect of magic throughout. Salman Rushdie artistically incorporates the elements of magic realism in Midnight’s Children. His use of magic realism as a narrative technique is intentional. Not only does he use magic realism - the fantastic, the magical, the weird - as a useful technical tool, but he transcends it to portray the almost unreal and surreal dimensions of the Indian subcontinent. And much like the Latin American writers, he brings a magic and revitalizing view of the effects of colonialism.
There are many instances in Midnight’s Children where Rushdie uses the framework of magic realism. Saleem’s gift of having an absurd sense of smell, allowing him to determine others emotions and thoughts, stems from his grandfather Adam, who also had the same large nose and magical gift. The novel explains how Adam’s sensitive nose eventually saved him from being killed in the Jallianwala Bagh
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