Tag Archives: Midnight's Children

Using Lit to Battle Fake News

Authors can fight back against autocratic attempts to define reality but can no longer resort to classic realism, Salman Rushdie argues.

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Food Is More Than Food for Esquivel

Esquivel captures the greater significance of food in “Like Water for Chocolate.” I also share a whiskey cake recipe and reflect on the magic in magical realism.

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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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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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