Salman Rushdie: Fury (1790 words)

Catherine Pesso-Miquel (Université Lyon II)
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Fury, Salman Rushdie’s seventh novel, written in the space of a few months, was published in 2001, a few days before 9/11. Because of its title and of the photograph on the front cover (a dramatically sunlit black cloud hovering just above the Empire State Building), some commentators called the novel a prescient “prophecy” (Rushdie 2012, 624), but this was misleading: even if a very minor character, a “foolish” taxi driver, provides comic relief with his imaginative Urdu insults (Fury 65, 175), nothing else in the book remotely suggests Islamist wrath. But the novel does reflect and transmute important details of the author’s life: in 2000, Rushdie was emerging out of ten years of …

Citation: Pesso-Miquel, Catherine. "Fury". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 November 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=12253, accessed 23 October 2020.]

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