Salman Rushdie

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  • Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn (Universität des Saarlandes)

Born on 19 June 1947, two months before India, the country of his birth, achieved her independence from British Rule, Salman Rushdie is, and yet is not quite, one of India’s Midnight’s Children. The newly installed Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, gave voice to the historical moment when he evoked the “tryst India had made with destiny” which would be “redeem[ed] [….] At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps”, allowing India to “awake to life and freedom”. Anglophone Indian Literature had to wait another thirty-four years for a writer such as Salman Rushdie to write Midnight’s Children (1981), a novel with which Rushdie was to make his stupendous breakthrough …

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Ghosh-Schellhorn, Martina. "Salman Rushdie". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 May 2003
[, accessed 26 November 2015.]

Articles on Rushdie's works

  1. East, West
  2. Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981-1991
  3. Joseph Anton
  4. Midnight's Children
  5. Shalimar The Clown
  6. Shame
  7. The Enchantress of Florence
  8. The Jaguar Smile
  9. The Moor's Last Sigh
  10. The Satanic Verses
  11. The Wizard of Oz

Related Groups

  1. Indian Prose Fiction in English
  2. Magical Realism in Literature
  3. Postcolonial literature - Britain, The Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand
  4. Metafictional Writing