Salman Rushdie is the author of seventeen books, including Shame, The Satanic Verses, and Midnight’s Children, which was named the “Booker of Bookers,” the best novel to have won the Booker Prize for fiction in the award’s history. Among his many literary honors are the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Whitbread Prize, the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, and a 2007 Knighthood for services to literature. 2012 marked the international publication of Joseph Anton, his memoir of more than nine years spent in hiding due to the fatwa issued against him by the Ayatollah Khomeini.
In Imaginary Homelands, Salman Rushdie presents ten years’ worth of concentrated thought on topics from the most cherished literary traditions and authors of India, Europe, and America to the politics of oppression, the joy of film and television, and the enduring value of the imagination. Writing with lively and intelligent insight—from the provocative, to the humorous, to the deeply profound—Rushdie demonstrates why he is celebrated as one of our greatest literary minds.
When Haroun Khalifa’s father, the renowned storyteller Rashid Khalifa, loses his gift of gab, Haroun knows he has to help. Soon, he’s tumbled headfirst into an adventure story of his own, journeying toward the legendary Sea of Stories on the back of a flying Hoopoe bird. There, he finds a host of comical, unforgettable new friends, from Iff the Water Genie to Blabbermouth the page, and at the end of his quest, a formidable enemy—the Prince of Silence, Khattam-Shud himself. At once vastly humorous and deeply tender, Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a fantastical, witty contemporary fable and a powerful statement about the importance of storytelling. Salman Rushdie has created an instant classic—a dazzling read for children and adults alike that both celebrates and embodies the magic of fiction.