Salman Rushdie, The Enchantress of Florence

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The Enchantress of Florence

(2008) is Salman Rushdie’s tenth novel and his eighth fictional work to be partly or wholly set – explicitly – in the Indian subcontinent. In this sense, it fits into what Martina Ghosh-Schellhorn describes as the “post-

Midnight

” (post-

Midnight’s Children

) portion of the Rushdie corpus, in which can be included

Shame

(1983);

The Satanic Verses

(1988);

East, West

(1994);

The Moor’s Last Sigh

(1995);

The Ground Beneath Her Feet

(1999); and

Shalimar the Clown

(2005). This grouping defines Rushdie’s creative engagement with national and cultural identity in the Indian subcontinent and, reflecting his sense of an “Indian talent for non-stop self-regeneration” (“Imaginary Homelands”, p.16), an exuberant magical realist aesthetic favouring…

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Citation: Moore, Lindsey. "The Enchantress of Florence". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 August 2010 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=23534, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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