The sentiment expressed by the third-person narrator of Salman Rushdie’s eighth novel Fury (2001) that anti-Americanism reinforces the authority of America’s global hegemony at the end of the twentieth century may suggest a withdrawal from the political in Rushdie’s later fiction. As the narrator puts it, ‘Even anti-Americanism was Americanism in disguise, conceding, as it did, that America was the only game in town and the matter of America the only business at hand’ (Rushdie 2001: 87). If The Satanic Verses and many of Rushdie’s essays of the 1980s offered a critique of Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government and the racism of the British state towards Britain’s migrant population, his recent fiction and essays seem to suggest a resignation to, and even at times a tacit approval for, America’s unilateralist foreign policy in the early twenty-first century, and in particular the Bush administration’s war on terrorism.
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