East, West by Salman RushdieEast, West by Salman Rushdie

East, West

bySalman Rushdie

Paperback | January 3, 1996

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This dazzling collection of short stories explores the allure and confusion of what happens when East meets West.

Fantasy and realism collide as a rickshaw driver writes letters home describing his film star career in Bombay; a mispronunciation leads to romance and an unusual courtship in sixties London; two childhood friends turned diplomats live out fantasies hatched by Star Trek; and Christopher Columbus dreams of consummating his relationship with Queen Isabella. With one foot in the East and one foot in the West, this collection reveals the oceanic distances and the unexpected intimacies between the two.
Sir SALMAN RUSHDIE is the multi-award winning author of eleven previous novels--Luka and the Fire of Life, Grimus, Midnight's Children (which won the Booker Prize, 1981, and the Best of the Booker Prize, 2008), Shame,The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the...
Title:East, WestFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8 × 5.15 × 0.6 inPublished:January 3, 1996Publisher:Knopf Canada

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0394281500

ISBN - 13:9780394281506


From Our Editors

Set in London and around the globe, the nine stories in East, West explore the distance and links between cultures. From a romance between an Indian ayah and a Slavic porter to a moneylender's fascination with a religious relic, from chess and The Flintstones to international terrorism and Star Trek fantasies, Salman Rushdie creates a world in which nationality and identity are shed like water.

Editorial Reviews

"One of the decade's great literary triumphs: magical, compassionate, wise, beautiful, and so very entertaining." Toronto Star"Richly imaginative....The characters are memorable, the language swift, and the reader is touched by desire, friendship and love." The Globe and Mail"A pleasure to read....The stories in East, West have the careful precision of ivory miniatures. And all of them, beneath their infectiously playful surfaces ponder the imponderables of human fate." Macleans's“Poignant and intimate.... Mr. Rushdie, one suspects, would rather have his work discussed purely as literature, without reference to the unhappy history that has plagued him, but sometimes the stories themselves make it difficult to ignore the story of their author.” The New York Times“Above all is the range and versatility of Rushdie’s use of language, from tightly controlled to dazzlingly free, from mock-Shakespeare to mimic-Indian. More than any other English writer, Rushdie makes the page sing with his prose.” The Washington Post