Salman Rushdie: The Jaguar Smile

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  • Andrew Teverson (Kingston University)

The Jaguar Smile is Salman Rushdie's first, and to date only full length work of non-fiction (if we exclude his essay length pamphlet on The Wizard of Oz). It was written shortly after Rushdie, taking a break from the composition of The Satanic Verses, visited Nicaragua as a guest of the Sandinista Association of Cultural Workers (ASTC) - “the umbrella organisation that brought writers, artists, musicians, craftspeople, dancers and so on, together under the same roof” (The Jaguar Smile, 2nd ed., 4). The occasion of his visit, Rushdie tells us, was the seventh anniversary of the “triumph” of the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (Sandinista National Liberation Front) - when …

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Teverson, Andrew. "The Jaguar Smile". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 October 2004
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