Salman Rushdie (7508 words)

  • Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn (Universität des Saarlandes)
Revised By:
  • Catherine Pesso-Miquel (Université Lyon II)
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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 …

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Ghosh-Schellhorn, Martina, Catherine Pesso-Miquel. "Salman Rushdie". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 May 2003; last revised 06 April 2017.
[, accessed 23 February 2018.]

Articles on Rushdie's works

  1. East, West
  2. Fury
  3. Haroun and the Sea of Stories
  4. Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981-1991
  5. Joseph Anton
  6. Midnight's Children
  7. Shalimar The Clown
  8. Shame
  9. The Enchantress of Florence
  10. The Ground Beneath Her Feet
  11. The Jaguar Smile
  12. The Moor's Last Sigh
  13. The Satanic Verses
  14. The Wizard of Oz
  15. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights

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

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