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Eaglestone, Robert, and Martin McQuillan, eds. Salman Rushdie: Contemporary Critical Perspectives . London: Bloomsbury, 2013. Print.

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A strong, recent edited collection, featuring chapters which analyse a range of Rushdie’s novels and which explore a variety of critical approaches to his fiction.

Perfect, Michael.“Salman Rushdie.” Dictionary of Literary Biography 377: 21st Century British Writers. Detroit: Gale, 2016. 258-282. Print.

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A comprehensive, fourteen-thousand-word account of Rushdie’s life and work.

Reder, Michael, ed. Conversations With Salman Rushdie . Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 2000. Print.

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A collection of interviews with Rushdie from the period 1982 to 1999, a number of which feature comments on Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

Rushdie, Salman. Joseph Anton . London: Jonathan Cape, 2012. Print.

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Rushdie’s memoir, which takes its title from the alias that he chose for himself while living under police protection (Rushdie combined the forenames of the authors Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov). While it does explore Rushdie’s childhood, his development as a writer, and his life more recently, it focuses in particular detail on his years spent in hiding.

Rushdie, Salman. Luka and the Fire of Life . London: Vintage, 2011. Print.

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Rushdie’s second novel for children and a sequel to Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

Teverson, Andrew.“Salman Rushdie’s Post-Nationalist Fairy Tales: Haroun and the Sea of Stories and Luka and the Fire of Life.” Salman Rushdie: Contemporary Critical Perspectives . Ed. Robert Eaglestone and Martin McQuillan. London: Bloomsbury, 2013. 72-85. Print.

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An engaging account of Rushdie’s appropriation of fairy tales in his two novels for children.

Teverson, Andrew.“Fairy Tale Politics: Free Speech and Multiculturalism in Haroun and the Sea of Stories.” Twentieth-Century Literature 47 (2001): n. pag. Print.

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An excellent analysis of Haroun and the Sea f Stories, this article offers a particularly interesting account of the novel’s influences, its form, and its politics.

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