Category Archives: Rushdie (Salman)

The Dark Jinn Invade America

Salman Rushdie’s “Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” helps explain how Trump came to power. Blame it on a longing for dark fantasy.

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Ferreting Out White House Corruption

Salman Rushdie’s fantasy about genii attacking the earth contains a fantasy that is very topical: a “storm baby” who can root out graft.

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Can a Dream Hold Us Together?

In “Midnight’s Children,” Rushdie shows the forces destroying India’s dream of national unity. Americans will find it familiar.

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Snakes, Ladders, and National Disunity

Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children” gives us profound insights into the forces that divide people–Indians as well as Americans–and also offers solutions.

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Magical Realism’s Special Powers

Magical realism defined and its significance discussed.

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The Joker (Trump) Takes Over America

Rushdie compares Donald Trump to Joker in his latest novel.

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Leaders Who Make Their Own Reality

What to make of Trump’s non-stop lying? Rushdie in “Midnight’s Chidren” describes what happens when “reality quite literally cease[s] to exist.”

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Caught between Faith and Doubt

Rushdie has a great passage about a character caught between faith and doubt. The passage gives me an opportunity to determine where I myself stand.

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10 Famous Fetish Objects in Lit

Literature is filled with fetish objects that take on outsized significance to various characters.

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The Opening of Eyes Long Closed

A Salman Rushdie short story and a David Whyte poem lead to insights into the story of Jesus and the blind man.

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