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by Salman Rushdie

  • Author: Salman Rushdie
  • ISBN: 0679783490
  • ISBN13: 978-0679783497
  • ePub: 1702 kb | FB2: 1626 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Arts & Literature
  • Publisher: Modern Library; 1st edition (September 30, 2003)
  • Pages: 416
  • Rating: 4.1/5
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Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002 (Modern Library (Paperback)) ePub download

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Step Across This Line book. Paperback, 416 pages. Published September 30th 2003 by Modern Library (first published 2002). Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002. 0679783490 (ISBN13: 9780679783497).

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Step Across This Line, Salman Rushdie’s first collection of non-fiction in a decade, has the same energy, imagination and erudition as his astounding novels - along with some very strong opinions. Why didn't I read Salman Rushdie sooner? The first essay in this collection sold me on him immediately. It's a fun, interesting discussion of The Wizard of Oz, his experience with the movie, the. Пользовательский отзыв - Kirkus.

Gathered together for the first time, this is Rushdie's humane, intelligent and angry response to a grotesque threat, aimed not just at him but at free expression itself. Salman Rushdie's first collection of non-fiction in a decade, has the same energy, imagination and erudition as his astounding novels - along with some very strong opinions.

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, slow, quick, quick, slow, back and forth and from side to side, we step across these fixed and shifting lines. —from Part IVWith astonishing range and depth, the essays, speeches, and opinion pieces assembled in this book chronicle a ten-year intellectual odyssey by one of the most important, creative, and respected minds of our time. Step Across This Line concentrates in one volume Salman Rushdie’s fierce intelligence, uncanny social commentary, and irrepressible wit—about soccer, The Wizard of Oz, and writing, about fighting the Iranian fatwa and turning with the millennium, and about September 11, 2001. Ending with the eponymous, never-before-published speeches, this collection is, in Rushdie’s words, a “wake-up call” about the way we live, and think, now.
Malahelm
Author's collected nonfiction, 1992-2002.
Noted excerpts: pg 359 contrasts "pre-literate" mythology of American West vs. literate constructors of these so-called "legends". In retrospect we were propagandized in the 50's and 60's with this historical nonsense!
First essay, Out of Kansas, is an homage and analysis of the Wizard of Oz which the author praises for its entertaining and metaphorical value. The end of the book covers recent views on artistic license; the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Islam's culpability and myopia. Mr. Rushdie is a very thoughtful author, though his application of the notion of "frontier" to our existing social, political and artistic scenes is at times vague and overused; not a serious problem as overall the book is recommended.
Rolorel
I am still reading this wonderful collection of essays. I am presently engrossed in "Messages from the Plague Years" which is a selection of pieces he wrote during the long campaign against the Satanic Verses fatwa. At the end of "An open letter to Taslima Nasrin, July 1994" I read a paragraph which resonated immediately.

As I write this Alexander Aan, a 30 year old trainee civil servant, is on trial in West Sumatra, Indonesia for sharing a link to a graphic history of Muhammad on a facebook page. He faces up to six years imprisonment if convicted. I visited Alex recently and I am struck by how accurately Sir Salman's words describe my friend and what he is going through. I have substituted Alex for Taslima. You could substitute the name of any writer or thinker who dares to share his thoughts in a place where the tyranny of mind control seeks to assert itself.

"[Alex], I know that there must be a storm inside you now. One minute you will feel weak and helpless, another strong and defiant. Now you will feel betrayed and alone, and now you will have the sense of standing for many who are standing silently with you. Perhaps in your darkest moments you will feel you did something wrong - that the processions demanding your death may have a point. This of all your goblins you must exorcise first. You have done nothing wrong. The wrong is committed by others against you. You have done nothing wrong, and I am sure that, one day soon, you will be free."

There is so much else in this collection that needs quoting in these days of struggle between light and freedom and darkness and oppression. I am certainly going to give Step Across This Line to Alexander Aan and his legal team and I recommend it to everyone who cares about the freedom of human thought and discourse.
Ddilonyne
This is the first book I have read by Salman Rushie and did not know what to expect. I was pleased to find it enjoyable. I do admit, however, of scanning some essays that did not hold interest for me. In the book Salman Rushie provides unique insights and perspectives for examining contemporary issues. The book will make you think.
JoJolar
Caveat #1 - I did not actually read this book, I listened to it. And, unfortunately, despite the publisher's claim that the audiobook was unabridged, it was very much abridged. The audiobook does not contain all the essays from section one, it does not contain section two (about fifty pages of items relating to the Satanic Verses controversy), and it does not contain section three (about eighty pages of columns from December 1998 to March 2002). So, my impressions of the book are rather severely limited to the seven hours or so that I heard.

Caveat #2 - I've never read any of Rushdie's fiction. Although he has always struck me as thoughtful person, I'm not a fan of magical realism, and I think I've probably unfairly lumped all his work into that particular bucket. If nothing else, the essays in this collection made made me want to at least try one of his novels.

The book (and audiobook) opens with "Out of Kansas," a dazzling, trivia-laden thirty page unpacking of "The Wizard of Oz" and how the film influenced his own creative life. It's a great opener, as it demonstrates Rushdie's general erudition, pop culture savvy, eye for detail, and the ability to link all of these seamlessly to his own work and life. Another fine film-related essay, "Adapting Midnight's Children," details several years of creative frustration spent in trying to bring the his Booker Prize-winning novel to the big, and then, small, screen. (Note: according to various rumors floating around the internet in April 2009, serious interest in filming the book seems to have picked up again.) There's a decent, if somewhat rambling, 15-page item about the nature of being a sports fan, with particular focus on Tottenham. Other memorable pieces include a decent brief thought piece on India's 50th anniversary and some demythologizing musings on Gandhi. Probably the standout essay is "A Dream of Glorious Return," which recounts his 2000 trip to India with his son, his first trip since the mid-1980s. Part travelogue and part personal history, it's a compelling series of diary entries. The book ends with the titular 35 page essay, which was originally delivered as a lecture at Yale on human values and totally failed to connect with me.

On the whole, the collection seems like the usual mixed potpourri of stuff, some great, some good, a lot of blah. I did like it enough to check out an actual print copy from the library and read a few of the parts that didn't make it onto the audiobook. The prose and ideas demonstrated are strong enough to make me at least dip into any essay of his I happen to stumble upon in the future, and as noted earlier, I will at least try one of his novels.
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