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Science-fiction & fantasy literature: a critical list with discussions.

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This is a brief discussion of Salman Rushdie and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Rushdie.

This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Rushdie: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)

I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Rushdie tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Rushdie worthy; in sum, to help you rank Salman Rushdie (and the works by Rushdie listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.

A Few Words About Salman Rushdie

Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the “Other Resources” section below will lead you to some information about the “Notable Books” listed farther down this page.

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Other Salman Rushdie Resources

Salman Rushdie Resources on the Web

There is, I suppose, no need to recount the history of the fatwa against Rushdie, save to note that it generated, over the years, a great deal of Rushdie-related material on the web that is only peripherally related to Rushdie’s fiction as such (rather than to its political significances or consequences). From the vast sea of pages out there, here are what seem to be the choicest for examining Rushdie the writer.

Perhaps the richest single source is Salman Rushdie “sub-site” at Subir Grewal’s site; it has a deal of original material, plus well-chosen links to lots more Rushdie resources. Another rich resource is Salman Rushdie: An Overview at the Post-Colonial Web site.

For a shorter, simpler Biography of Salman Rushdie, there is Brain Juice site, with its succinct overview of Rushdie’s background and career, albeit without critical analysis [archived copy]. Another bio, this with at least some critical analysis, is Salman Rushdie at The Authors’ Calendar (always a valuable resource). Another page with both biography and some meaningful analysis is the Salman Rushdie page at the Contemporary Writers site [archived copy].

The New York Times has a “portal” page, Featured Author: Salman Rushdie, with links to all the many Rushdie-related articles, book reviews, and essays available on their site.

There are, as noted, seemingly countless more pages, and for once Google Is Not Your Friend, because its listings will overwhelm; instead, use the links listed on the key sites linked a little above here, whose webmasters have already done the heavy lifting.

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Salman Rushdie Resources in Print

There are quite a few books about Rushdie. As I said above, Rushdie experts have already done the heavy lifting: here is probably the only list of Rushdie criticism in print that you need to be going on with.

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Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Salman Rushdie ****

(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)

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