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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I especially was interested in the section including his descriptions of his life under the fatwa. Freedom of speech and the arts.

Many special-interest groups, claiming the moral rusjdie ground, now demand the protection of the censor. About Step Across This Line From one of the great novelists of our day, a vital, brilliant new book of essays, speeches and articles essential for our times. The photo is grainy and black and white and looks like some anonymous stepp zone, the title is war zone like too.

It’s intellectual and not, which makes it fun; he gets into the geometric shapes in the Kansas scenes, a discussion of how the rule of the witch of the east couldn’t be all bad as the munchkins seem to be doing pretty well, much better than, say, the flying monkeys, and he also talks about how much he hates Toto. Likewise, the fourth section pieces on frontiers and ideas – incredible, and absolutely warrant a re-read or three at a later point in time.

The title essay was originally delivered at Yale as the Tanner lecture on human values, and examines the changing meaning of frontiers in the modern world — moral and metaphorical frontiers as well as physical ones.


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Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction by Salman Rushdie

This complacency, too, is an enemy to be defeated. Fabulous to see Rushdie the essayist in peak form here. What will we risk our lives to defend?

This is not to say that Rushdie has become an uncritical, flag-waving Acrlss. This collection opens with an interminable, overreaching, boring essay on the Wizard of Oz and closes with a smart, insightful, wide-ranging essay lien the idea salmann.

Collected Essays from The threat of Fatwa aside some are lighthearted others personal to the point of being domestic On Leavened Bread ; too many for individual comment here. At times, Rushdie’s thought seems constrained by double stand This is a collection of essays and opinion columns encompassing Salman Rushdie’s arrival in New York and his continuing work as a novelist and critic.

It is noteworthy that his concerns and gratitude include the security officers who shared his risks and lost time with family members to keep him safe.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Divided into 4 parts, the first part is by far the best with Rushdie discussing everything from The wizard of Oz, the novel as a medium, a football game to his frantic but thankfully peaceful return to India.

To defeat the modern-day witch-burners, it is necessary to show them that our power, too, is great—that our numbers are greater than theirs, and our resolve, too.

I read it in llne and pieces over the course of a week, staying with a friend up in the Northwest Territories.

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

In this context he encourages us usefully – and he has the right to do so – “not to let fear rule our lives”. Most of the pieces here were written for American publications so, for instance, he has to explain the rules of “English football”. He writes of, ” But Rushdie has decisively stepped across the line inside that frontier, and his fictional subject has become what Philip Roth has called “the American berserk”, in Rushdie’s last and very Rothian novel, Fury.


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Sep 10, Pages. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Freedom from political or economic or philosophical oppression. History teems with instances of truth put down by persecution.

A free society is not a calm and eventless place—that is the kind of static, dead society dictators try to create. At times, Rushdie’s thought seems constrained by double standards. I did start feeling a bit of “fatwa fatigu The only previous exposure other than popular media I’d had was the excellent and sadly OOP audiobook version of Haroun and the Sea of Storiesread by the author. Sep 24, Patrick McCoy rated it liked it Shelves: The first is a precious description of the TaJ Mahal, something agreed to be pretty much indescribable.

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It all ties together and it all matters. I’m an absolute fan of Salman Rushdie, and my intention to eventually make my way through everything he’s written. Dec 18, Robert Isenberg rated it it was amazing.

All in all, I recommend this book.