Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction [Salman Rushdie] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. To cross a frontier is to be. For all their permeability, the borders snaking across the world have never been of greater importance. This is the dance of history in our age: slow. I previous enjoyed reading Salman Rushdie’s first book of essays Imaginary Homelands, so I thought I would also read Step Across This Line: Collected Essays.

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May 31, Phrodrick rated it it was amazing. Essays here range from as few as two pages to about East was East but yeast was West.

His style is often classified as rushdiee realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world.

Sep 24, Patrick McCoy rated it liked it Shelves: This collection, though sadly much less about literature than his last volume of non-fiction, Imaginary Homelandsis full of interesting revelations about the influences – from all over the world – on his own work: Higher education Fiction Politics books Salman Rushdie reviews. No trivia or quizzes yet.

I want to include some rushdi from the book. Such people are against, to offer just a brief list, freedom of speech, a multi-party political system, universal adult suffrage, accountable government, Jews, homosexuals, women’s rights, pluralism, secularism, short skirts, dancing, beardlessness, evolution theory, sex. Oct 18, Dr G rated it really liked it.

It has been called a cultural problem.

A decade later, he deals with this issue a bit more directly in his memoir, Joseph Anton: In “Not About Islam? Rushdie is simply a magnificient writer and I write this in sqlman my twenty six year old idealistic ignorance. In Dickens, the details of place and social mores are skewered by a pitiless realism, a naturalistic exactitude that has never been bettered.


In Ireland it was halal beef exports. This book is recommend on the merits of the use of language and for the insight into the mind of a very thoughtful -thought-filled writer. It has been called theoretical. Salan fourth part, from which the collection derives its name, is a lengthy lecture delivered on the whole issue of the frontier, the act of crossing and the transformation sxlman goes through upon crossing it.

One of the most important collection of essays I have ever read. I rsuhdie the first section, enjoyed the other sections, started all of the penultimate section—didn’t finish most of them, and loved the last section. Before reading this I’d never attempted his nonfiction, I’m not sure I’d ever even read an interview with him. Among the other boarders he will cross are death, politics, literature and fame.

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The photo is grainy and black and white and looks like some anonymous war zone, the title is war zone like too. These are strong words, and it takes some chutzpah to deliver them, as with the last extract, in the form of an address on a Sunday morning at King’s College Chapel in Cambridge.

In his largely hostile treatment of this country, it’s sometimes hard to separate individual score-settling from his justified outrage at the attacks on him in the s by the British rightwing press. Sep 30, Pages. Here is one of the first essays Sit Salmon will write about his cross into hiding as prisoner of conscious.

Some times you have to remind yourself that he has earned the right to be self-aggrandising. There’s something childlike about Rushdie: Step Across The Line is, mildly put, an eclectic collection of essays, notes and features on topics as diverse as Wizard of Oz to English Soccer to the I’m an absolute fan of Salman Rushdie, and my intention to eventually make my way through everything he’s written.


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Nov 23, Charissa rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist. It was declared at some point during the writing of the collection of essays in: A free society is not a calm and eventless place — that is the kind of static, dead society dictators try to create.

Fabulous to see Rushdie the essayist in peak form here. What does it look like? The second part called the Plague years is of course dedicated to the satanic verses, fatwa and the so called “Rushdie affair”; though disappointingly discussion tuis the novel itself is very limited, quite surprising, considering the fact that he mention many inspirations, influences and incidents that went into the making of his other novels throughout this book. With great power comes great responsibility, goes the saying.

Very few writers possess it. At their worst, this consuming hatred provides aid and comfort to imperialism and the idea that certain parts of the world need to be “civilized” by certain others. How to defeat terrorism? And yet, over the last seven years or so, it has been called samlan number of other things. United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said that we should now define ourselves not only by what we are for but by what we are against.