At a glance:
- Author: Salman Rushdie
- First Published: 2002
- Type of Work: Essays
- Genres: Nonfiction, Essays
- Subjects: Authors or writers, Islam, Twenty-first century, Novelists, England or English people, Muslims, India or East Indian people, Publishing or publishers, Terrorism or terrorists, Great Britain, Fundamentalism, Iran or Iranian people, Free speech
The publication of Imaginary Homelands, Salman Rushdie’s earlier essay collection, in 1992 was a significant event for two reasons. First, Rushdie, author of the Booker Prize-winning Midnight’s Children (1981), was arguably the most important and influential novelist—English, Indian, Anglo-Indian, or international—at the time. Second, the fatwa issued by Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini for the alleged blasphemy of Rushdie’s fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), was still in effect and very much a hot topic in the news and in literary circles, making...
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