"This brilliant collection, edited by the award-winning and perennially provocative Rushdie, boasts an array of voices both new and recognized. Always a sure bet for gripping, emotionally challenging reading." San Diego Union-Tribune.
From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Satanic Verses comes nine stories that reveal the oceanic distances and the unexpected intimacies between East and West. Daring, extravagant, comical and humane, this book renews Rushdie's stature as a storyteller who can enthrall and instruct us with the same sentence.
En su nueva novela, Salman Rushdie vuelve con la suntuosa mezcla de historia y fábula de Hijos de la medianoche para reconstruir el apasionante periodo histórico de luchas e imperios magníficos que finalmente dieron lugar a la India.A finales del siglo XVI, un extranjero llega a la corte de Akbar el Grande, emperador del Imperio mogol, en la fastuosa ciudad de Fatehpur Sikri. Es el portador de un secreto que podría traerle la mayor de las fortunas o costarle la vida. Un secreto digno solo de los oídos del emperador: la historia de una mujer misteriosa, dueña de una belleza cautivadora y versada en las artes del encantamiento y la brujería, y de su viaje imposible a la lejana Florencia.La encantadora de Florencia es la historia de una princesa olvidada, su doble, un emperador poderosísimo enamorado de una mujer imaginaria, guerreros seducidos al final de cada batalla, un extranjero y su secreto, elefantes que deciden el destino de los hombres, prostitutas arteras y una ciudad imposible.«Para Rushdie, su pluma es la varita de un mago. En su última novela hay más magia que realismo. Pero es, creo, una de sus mejores novelas.»John Sutherland. Financial Times Magazine«La encantadora de Florencia devuelve a Rushdie a las raíces de su arte y su talento.»Boyd Tonkin«Es la mano del artista maestro lo que le da a este libro su glamour y su poder, su humor y su capacidad de sorprender, su brío, su gloria. Es un relato maravilloso, lleno de locuras y encantamientos. El Este se topa con el Oeste con un choque de platillos y un estallido de fuegos artificiales.»Ursula K. Le Guin, The Guardian
A tall, yellow-haired young European traveller calling himself 'Mogor dell'Amore', the Mughal of Love, arrives at the court of the real Grand Mughal, the Emperor Akbar, with a tale to tell that begins to obsess the whole imperial capital. The stranger claims to be the child of a lost Mughal princess, the youngest sister of Akbar's grandfather Babar: Qara Kaz, 'Lady Black Eyes', a great beauty believed to possess powers of enchantment and sorcery, who is taken captive first by an Uzbek warlord, then by the Shah of Persia, and finally becomes the lover of a certain Argalia, a Florentine soldier of fortune, commander of the armies of the Ottoman Sultan. When Argalia returns home with his Mughal mistress the city is mesmerized by her presence, and much trouble ensues. The Enchantress of Florence/I is the story of a woman attempting to command her own destiny in a man's world. It brings together two cities that barely know each other - the hedonistic Mughal capital, in which the brilliant emperor wrestles daily with questions of belief, desire and the treachery of sons, and the equally sensual Florentine world of powerful courtesans, humanist philosophy and inhuman torture, where Argalia's boyhood friend - Niccolo Machiavelli - is learning, the hard way, about the true brutality of power. These two worlds, so far apart, turn out to be uncannily alike, and the enchantments of women hold sway over them both. But is Mogor's story true? And if so, then what happened to the lost princess? And if he's a liar, must he die?
Malik Solanka, original de Bombay, filósofo educado en Cambridge e inventor de una popular muñeca, abandona un día a su familia en Londres, sin dar ninguna explicación, y se escapa a Nueva York. Lleva la furia dentro y teme haberse convertido en un peligro para los que quiere. Llega a Nueva York en un momento de abundancia sin precedentes, el colmo de la riqueza y del poder americano. Pero la furia está a su alrededor... Un asesino en serie mata a mujeres con un trozo de cemento. Una mujer joven con un gorro de béisbol le acecha. Y otra mujer, de quien se enamorará, le atraerá con una furia diferente, una furia con raíces en un país lejano. Mientras tanto pierde el control de sus propios pensamientos, emociones y deseos.Un gran amor que se ha echado a perder, una pasión que se apoya en cimientos falsos y un tercer amor que, con un poco de suerte, a lo mejor sale bien.Furia es una obra de energía explosiva, despiadada, y a la vez una comedia negra, una investigación profundamente inquietante del lado más oscuro de la naturaleza humana y de la sociedad opulenta. Pocas veces se ha logrado captar la esencia de un lugar y de un tiempo tan intensa y exactamente en una novela.
Professor Malik Solanka, retired historian of ideas, irascible doll maker, and since his recent fifty-fifth birthday celibate and solitary by his own (much criticized) choice, in his silvered years found himself living in a golden age. Outside his window, a long humid summer, the first hot season of the third millennium, baked and perspired. The city boiled with money. Rents and property values had never been higher, and in the garment industry it was widely held that fashion had never been so fashionable. - from FuryFrom one of the world's truly great writers comes a wickedly brilliant and pitch-black comedy about a middle-aged professor who finds himself in New York City in the summer of 2000. Not since the Bombay of Midnight's Children have a time and place been so intensely captured in a novel.Salman Rushdie's eighth novel opens on a New York living at break-neck speed in an age of unprecedented decadence. Malik Solanka, a Cambridge-educated self-made millionaire originally from Bombay, arrives in this town of IPOs and white-hot trends looking, perversely, for escape. He is a man in flight from himself.This former philosophy professor is the inventor of a hugely popular doll whose multiform ubiquity - as puppet, cartoon and talk-show host - now rankles with him. He becomes frustratingly estranged from his own creation. At the same time, his marriage is disintegrating, and Solanka very nearly commits an unforgivable act. Horrified by the fury within him, he flees across the Atlantic.He discovers a city roiling with anger, where cab drivers spout invective and a serial killer is murdering women with a lump of concrete, a metropolis whose population is united by petty spats and bone-deep resentments. His own thoughts, emotions and desires, meanwhile, are also running wild. He becomes deeply embroiled in not one but two new liaisons, both, in very different ways, dangerous.Professor Solanka's navigation of his new world makes for a hugely entertaining and compulsively readable novel. Fury is a pitiless comedy that lays bare, with spectacular insight and much glee, the darkest side of human nature.From the Hardcover edition.
After drinking an elixir that bestows him with immortality, a young Indian named Flapping Eagle spends the next 700 years sailing the seas with the burden of living forever. Eventually he grows weary of the sameness of life and journeys to the mountainous Calf Island to regain his mortality. There he meets other immortals obsessed with their own stasis and he sets out to scale the island's peak, from which the mysterious and corrosive Grimus Effect emits. Through a series of thrilling quests and encounters, Flapping Eagle comes face to face with the island's creator and unwinds the mysteries of his own humanity.From the Trade Paperback edition.
An epic romance that stretches across whole lives, and even beyond death, Salman Rushdie's most accessible novel and his boldest imaginative act is also a vivid account of the intimate, flawed encounter between East and West, a remaking of the myth of Orpheus, and an exploration of the extremities of comedy, culture and desire. The Ground Beneath Her Feetis a gripping story that encapsulates the history, dreams and passions of the last half century as no other novel has done.
Rushdie has written a rollicking action fantasy. On Haroun's journey to help his famous father regain belief in the World of Stories, they travel to the World of Stories and meet up with all sorts of beings and adventures. There are puns and humor throughout. Amazon.com noted it for Young Adults, but it could be easily read aloud to the great enjoyment of younger readers. (Some of the puns would be over their heads.) Both boys and girls will equally enjoy this book.
Rashid Khalifa es el mejor cuentacuentos del mundo. Sus mágicas historias llevan la alegría al triste país de Alifbay. Pero un día sucede algo terrible y se le agotan las historias. De la noche a la mañana, el Océano de la Fantasía se ha convertido en el Sha de Bla. Su hijo Harún decide ayudarlo a recuperar su don. A lomos de la Abubilla, viaja al Gran Mar de las Historias, un lugar maravilloso donde se originan los cuentos. De esta manera da comienzo una aventura fabulosa por los reinos de la fantasía.Escrita como regalo para su primer hijo, Harún y el Mar de las Historias es una fábula llena de magia acerca del poder de la imaginación, y confirma a Salman Rushdie como uno de los mejores escritores de fábulas contemporáneos.
El destino de Saleem queda inexorablemente unido al de su país, y sus peripecias personales reflejarán siempre la evolución política de la India o serán reflejadas por ella. Es la historia de un hombre dotado de facultades insólitas pero también la de una generación y la de una familia, lo que la convierte en un retrato completo de toda una época y una cultura.Ganadora del prestigioso premio Booker of Bookers, Hijos de la medianoche constituye una asombrosa novela que combina magistralmente magia y humor, compromiso politico fantasía y humanidad.
In this timeless, haunting portrait of the people and the politics of Nicaragua, Rushdie brings to life the palpable human facts of a country in the midst of a revolution.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Este libro recoge los años decisivos de la vida de Salman Rushdie: desde el día en el que fue condenado a muerte por el ayatolá Jomeini y tuvo que pasar a la clandestinidad bajo la identidad de Joseph Anton hasta la actualidad. Después de tantos años de aislamiento, Salman Rushdie afronta el relato de aquel período oscuro en el que vivió amenazado de muerte. Son numerosos los rumores e historias que se han escrito sobre ello, y en esta esperada autobiografía el novelista anglo-indio da su versión de lo ocurrido durante esa fatídica década.Rushdie tuvo que cambiar radicalmente de vida después de 1988, año de publicación de Los versos satánicos. Dicha obra trajo consigo una fuerte polémica, desde la prohibición y quema del libro en los países musulmanes hasta graves disturbios tanto en Inglaterra como en Estados Unidos. El 14 de febrero de 1989, el ayatolá Jomeini proclamó una fatwa instando a la población musulmana a ejecutar a cualquier persona relacionada con la publicación del libro. Se llegó incluso a ofrecer una recompensa en efectivo por la muerte de Rushdie. Joseph Anton recoge este período de miedo y frustración.
On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran." So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team. He was asked to choose an alias that the police could call him by. He thought of writers he loved and combinations of their names; then it came to him: Conrad and Chekhov--Joseph Anton. How do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for more than nine years? How does he go on working? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his thoughts and actions, how and why does he stumble, how does he learn to fight back? In this remarkable memoir Rushdie tells that story for the first time; the story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech. He talks about the sometimes grim, sometimes comic realities of living with armed policemen, and of the close bonds he formed with his protectors; of his struggle for support and understanding from governments, intelligence chiefs, publishers, journalists, and fellow writers; and of how he regained his freedom. It is a book of exceptional frankness and honesty, compelling, provocative, moving, and of vital importance. Because what happened to Salman Rushdie was the first act of a drama that is still unfolding somewhere in the world every day.Praise for Salman Rushdie "In Salman Rushdie . . . India has produced a glittering novelist--one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling."--The New Yorker "Salman Rushdie has earned the right to be called one of our great storytellers."--The Observer "Our most exhilaratingly inventive prose stylist, a writer of breathtaking originality."--Financial Times
On a beautiful starry night in the city of Kahani in the land of Alifbay a terrible thing happened: twelve-year-old Luka's storyteller father, Rashid, fell suddenly and inexplicably into a sleep so deep that nothing and no one could rouse him. To save him from slipping away entirely, Luka must embark on a journey through the Magic World, encountering a slew of phantasmagorical obstacles along the way, to steal the Fire of Life, a seemingly impossible and exceedingly dangerous task.Weaving together bits of mythology, fairy tales, children's puns, metaphysics and echoes from well-known tales as different as The Matrix and The Wizard of Oz, Luka and the Fire of Life becomes a story about things as intimate as a boy's love for his family, and as sprawling as the meaning of life itself. With Haroun and the Sea of Stories Salman Rushdie proved that he is one of the best contemporary writers of fables, and it proved to be one of his most popular books with readers of all ages. While Haroun was written as a gift for his first son, Luka and the Fire of Life, the story of Haroun's younger brother, is a gift for his second son on his twelfth birthday. Lyrical, rich with word-play, and with the narrative tension of the classic quest stories, this is Salman Rushdie at his very best. In the company of Bear, the dog, and Dog, the bear, and led by this troubling version of his father, whom he calls Nobodaddy, Luka must do what his mother said he was born to. To save his father, he must work his way upstream, against the current of the River of Time, and do what has never been done: he must steal the Fire of Life. The episodes of his quest are hair-raising and often hilarious. Luka and his companions must make their way past the many dangers of the River of Time as they head upstream. Some, like the Old Man of the River, are there to guard against intruders. Others, like the rats of the Respectorate of I, are merely ill-tempered. And the most perilous dangers aren't enemies at all, but the simple fact that it's difficult to go upstream, and if you do you'll have to pass the Swamp of the Mists of Time and the Whirlpool of El Tiempo, to say nothing of the Rings of Fire. But the World of Magic is not all hostile, and as he works his way towards his goal, Luka makes many friends, receives help from strangers and even falls in love. By the end of his adventure, the whole World of Magic has been stirred up like a hornets' nest by the young intruder. Still, the best adventures aren't about swashbuckling or narrow escapes; they're about learning something about the world and about yourself. As Luka is drawn deeper and deeper into this strange world populated by nearly forgotten gods and figures from exotic myth, it is not the World of Magic that comes into focus for him, but his relationship with his beloved father back home in bed, the storyteller who conjured this whole world out of nothing by the sheer force of his imagination. In the end, Luka's adventure is quite literally a race against time. But to succeed, the young boy must not only make his way to the Fire of Life - to return, he must convince the angry gods of the truths he has learned on his quest. Only when he has changed the World of Magic can he return to his own world and his father's bedside. Weaving together bits of mythology, fairy tales, children's puns, metaphysics and echoes from well-known tales as different as The Matrix and The Wizard of Oz, Luka and the Fire of Life becomes a story about things as intimate as a boy's love for his family, and as sprawling as the meaning of life itself.From the Hardcover edition.
Una hermosa noche estrellada en la ciudad de Kahani, en el país de Alifbay, sucede algo terrible: el gran cuentacuentos Rashid Khalifa cae en un sueño tan, tan profundo que nada ni nadie logra despertarlo. Para salvarlo del sueño eterno, su hijo Luka debe embarcarse en un intrépido viaje por el Mundo Mágico y hacer frente a temibles obstáculos para robar lo único que puede ayudar a su padre: el Fuego de la Vida. Con la ayuda de un perro llamado Oso, un oso llamado Perro, una princesa pelirroja malcriada y su famosa alfombra voladora, Luka tiene que vencer obstáculos imposibles, derrotar a los terribles guardianes del Fuego y burlar al peligroso Napapadie.Rebosante de fantasía, Luka y el Fuego de la Vida fue un regalo que el gran escritor le hizo a su segundo hijo en su decimosegundo cumpleaños. Su lirismo deleitará al lector de todas las edades.
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time<P><P> Winner of the Booker of Bookers<P> Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India's independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India's 1,000 other "midnight's children," all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts. <P> This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people-a brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy. Twenty-five years after its publication, Midnight's Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time.<P> Man Booker Prize winner
Introduction by Anita Desai<P><P> Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India's independence, and finds himself mysteriously 'handcuffed to history' by the coincidence. He is one of 1,001 children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent -- and whose privilege and curse it is to be both master and victims of their times. Through Saleem's gifts -- inner voices and a wildly sensitive sense of smell -- we are drawn into a fascinating family saga set against the vast, colourful background of the India of this century.<P> Man Booker Prize Winner
Midnight's Children tells three main tales: the turbulent history of twentieth-century India, Pakistan and Bangladesh; the saga of a Muslim family; and the story of one man, Saleem Sinai. This is a play based on the book.
Booker Prize-winning author Salman Rushdie combines a ferociously witty family saga with a surreally imagined and sometimes blasphemous chronicle of modern India and flavors the mixture with peppery soliloquies on art, ethnicity, religious fanaticism, and the terrifying power of love. Moraes "Moor" Zogoiby, the last surviving scion of a dynasty of Cochinese spice merchants and crime lords, is also a compulsive storyteller and an exile. As he travels a route that takes him from India to Spain, he leaves behind a tale of mad passions and volcanic family hatreds, of titanic matriarchs and their mesmerized offspring, of premature deaths and curses that strike beyond the grave. "Fierce, phantasmagorical...a huge, sprawling, exuberant novel."--New York Times.
Oriente, Occidente es un título fundamental en la trayectoria de Salman Rushdie. A lo largo de nueve relatos, el autor despliega magistralmente los principales temas y elementos de su universo literario, en particular el encuentro y el desencuentro entre dos culturas radicalmente opuestas pero indisolublemente mestizadas y mezcladas por los vaivenes de la historia. Desde un prestamista que consigue un pelo de la barba del Profeta y se convierte al fundamentalismo hasta una familia india en el Londres de los sesenta agobiada por los contrastes socioculturales, los relatos tocan diversos temas cohesionados por dos hilos secretos: la escurridiza relación entre ficción y realidad y la tragicómica dualidad de pertenecer o no pertenecer a una cultura.
Los artículos que componen este volumen nos descubren el lado más personal y más cercano de uno de nuestros autores contemporáneos más importantes. De una manera franca y directa, Salman Rushdie nos habla de su afición al fútbol, su predilección por la música de U2 o su entusiasmo por El mago de Oz; asimismo, nos da su opinión sobre política o sobre su propia fetua, y también evalúa la obra de varios escritores. Pero lo más valioso de esta recopilación es que nos proporciona la visión íntima de un escritor e intelectual que analiza y juzga nuestra sociedad actual con una profundidad y una precisión expresiva que pocos alcanzan. Un libro que ofrece placeres inesperados a todos los que disfrutan del poder de la palabra.«Pásate de la raya es un reconstituyente para la moral# Un libro acerca de la libertad, sus glorias y su alto precio.»The Globe and Mail
In this Readers' Guide, David Smale traces the critical reception of this fascinating writer by examining the changing responses to his two best-known works. As a novelist and icon, Rushdie has embraced both 'popular' and 'high' culture; reflecting this, the Guide brings together both academic criticism and journalism to investigate the passions and preoccupations of Rushdie's many critics, steering the reader through the inflamed debates and rhetoric surrounding this much admired but controversial author.
One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie's best-known and most galvanizing book. Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles, the story begins with a bang: the terrorist bombing of a London-bound jet in midflight. Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil. This is just the initial act in a magnificent odyssey that seamlessly merges the actual with the imagined. A book whose importance is eclipsed only by its quality, The Satanic Verses is a key work of our times.
Just before dawn one winter's morning, a hijacked jetliner explodes above the English Channel. Through the falling debris, two men -- Gibreel Farishta, the biggest movie star in India, and Saladin Chamcha, an expatriate returning from his first visit to Bombay in fifteen years -- plummet from the sky. Washing up on the snow-covered sands of an English beach, they proceed through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations.The Satanic Verses is a wonderfully erudite study of the evil and good entwined within the hearts of women and men, an epic journey of tears and laughter, served up by a writer at the height of his powers.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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