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Rushdie reintroduced

DCRA Goonetilleke’s Salman Rushdie: Second Edition (London & New York: Palgrave Macmillan) is now available at Sarasavi Bookshops – Nugegoda, Pelawatta and One Galle Face

Salman Rushdie is one of the most widely read and controversial Western authors ever since Midnight’s Children won the Booker Prize (and the Booker of Bookers 25 years later) and The Satanic Verses resulted in Iran sentencing him to death. This revised and expanded edition of an established text explores all his fiction, non-fiction and biographical writings to date.

In surveying Rushdie’s complicated writing career and the innovative and, later, ‘popular’ nature of his art, Professor Goonetilleke provides fresh and original readings of all of the writer’s work. It covers the ‘Rushdie Affair’, indicating that the situation surrounding The Satanic Verses is more intricate than simply ‘freedom of expression versus Islamic fundamentalism’. This lucid and approachable study is an essential introduction to Salman Rushdie, rendering a notoriously ‘difficult’ author accessible to students, scholars and general readers alike.

DCRA Goonetilleke has held academic posts in the UK and Europe. He is a well-established critic of twentieth-century and postcolonial literature.


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