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Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020

Salman Rushdie

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Completed on 16 August 2022
ISBN : 9780593133194

Salman Rushdie is celebrated as a storyteller of the highest order, illuminating truths about our society and culture through his gorgeous, often searing prose. Now, in his latest collection of nonfiction, he brings together insightful and inspiring essays, criticism, and speeches that focus on his relationship with the written word and solidify his place as one of the most original thinkers of our time. Gathering pieces written between 2003 and 2020, Languages of Truth chronicles Rushdie’s intellectual engagement with a period of momentous cultural shifts. Immersing the reader in a wide variety of subjects, he delves into the nature of storytelling as a human need, and what emerges is, in myriad ways, a love letter to literature itself. Rushdie explores what the work of authors from Shakespeare and Cervantes to Samuel Beckett, Eudora Welty, and Toni Morrison mean to him, whether on the page or in person. He delves deep into the nature of “truth,” revels in the vibrant malleability of language and the creative lines that can join art and life, and looks anew at migration, multiculturalism, and censorship. Enlivened on every page by Rushdie’s signature wit and dazzling voice, Languages of Truth offers the author’s most piercingly analytical views yet on the evolution of literature and culture even as he takes us on an exhilarating tour of his own exuberant and fearless imagination. 


Interesting collection of essays. Salman Rushdie is hailed as a master writer who, via his beautiful, frequently piercing prose, illuminates realities about our society and civilization. His most recent book of nonfiction, which focuses on his connection with the written word and establishes him as one of the most innovative thinkers of our day, puts together perceptive and motivating essays, critiques, and speeches. Languages of Truth, a collection of works written between 2003 and 2020, traces Rushdie's philosophical engagement with a time of significant cultural transformations. He immerses the reader in a wide range of topics while exploring storytelling's role as a basic human desire. The result is, in many respects, a love letter to literature itself. Rushdie investigates what authors' works are like.

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