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East, West - Salman Rushdie

East, West

By: Salman Rushdie

Paperback | 7 September 1995 | Edition Number 1

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This dazzling collection of short stories explores the allure and confusion of what happens when East meets West.

Fantasy and realism collide as a rickshaw driver writes letters home describing his film star career in Bombay; a mispronunciation leads to romance and an unusual courtship in sixties London; two childhood friends turned diplomats live out fantasies hatched by Star Trek; and Christopher Columbus dreams of consummating his relationship with Queen Isabella.

With one foot in the East and one foot in the West, this collection reveals the oceanic distances and the unexpected intimacies between the two.
Industry Reviews
"A vindication of the rights of fiction... His story-telling powers are alive and well - his ingenuity, wit, charm and his restless talent for the unexpected." - Sunday Times

"Literary magic" - Literary Review

"The most original imagination writing today." - Nadine Gordimer

"Scheherazade meets Star Trek in these well-honed miniatures from the maestro of the cross-cultural blockbuster." - Independent

"Home in neither, but poised somewhere in between - Salman Rushdie's volume of short stories on this theme is deft, inventive, entertaining." - Financial Times

"One of the decade's great literary triumphs: magical, compassionate, wise, beautiful, and so very entertaining." - The Toronto Star

"Richly imaginative... The characters are memorable, the language swift, and the reader is touched by desire, friendship and love." - The Globe and Mail

"A pleasure to read... The stories in East, West have the careful precision of ivory miniatures. And all of them, beneath their infectiously playful surfaces ponder the imponderables of human fate." - Macleans's

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