Rushdie is a prolific essay writer, as well as a novelist, and has participated in various public discussions and debates ranging from racism in Thatcher’s Britain, the political establishment in India and Pakistan, the legacies of Britain’s imperial culture and the representation of India in British films of the 1980s to the controversy surrounding the publication of The Satanic Verses and Rushdie’s period in hiding, the rise of the Hindu right, the death of Princess Diana, the political crisis in Kashmir and the terrorist attacks on America of September 11 2001. Moreover, this book has suggested that Rushdie’s non-fictional writings provide a useful resource for tracking Rushdie’s shifting critical and political positions, and for situating his writing in a precise historical, cultural and political context. It is also worth noting that Rushdie has been an important critical voice in the literary world, and has written reviews of many contemporary novelists, including for example, Julian Barnes, Saul Bellow, John Berger, John le Carré, J. M. Coetzee, Nuruddin Farah, Nadine Gordimer, Günter Grass, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, V. S. Naipaul, Philip Roth and Kurt Vonnegut. This section of the appendix assesses Rushdie’s reflections on the politics of Third World literature in his non-fictional writings in order to map the trajectory of Rushdie’s geopolitical imagination from the 1980s to the first decade of the twenty-first century.
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