Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction [Salman Rushdie] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. To cross a frontier is to be. For all their permeability, the borders snaking across the world have never been of greater importance. This is the dance of history in our age: slow. I previous enjoyed reading Salman Rushdie’s first book of essays Imaginary Homelands, so I thought I would also read Step Across This Line: Collected Essays.

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There must be argument, and it must be impassioned and untrammelled. I could not overlook it. Essays here range from as few stsp two pages to about Our leaders should recognize that their lack of sufficient anger indicates their own lack of interest in freedom.

Collected Nonfiction by Salman Rushdie.

The final essay about frontiers, with evocative passages on what it means to straddle frontiers with an unwanted passport, is poignant, as is the essay on his homecoming lone India after the fatwa controversy cooled. Sep 30, Pages. And his polemic is at its sharpest and most interesting when he takes on those “real tyrants”.

This collection, though sadly much less about literature than his last volume of non-fiction, Imaginary Homelandsis full of interesting revelations about the influences – from all acroxs the world – on his own work: I read only half of Rushdie’s “Fury”, because the novel felt more like an editorial with plot. Over the ensuing decade, this fixation on religion – not aacross Islam, but religion generally – became increasingly strident in Rushdie and his friends Christopher Hitchens and other “New Atheist” figures like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Bill Maher.

What comes through is the depth and breadth of a man who knows how to write. I knew only the basic details of the ‘Rushdie affair’ before I started this, so I found Oh my. Some have been more engaging than others his look at the movie version of The Wizard of Oz was fascinating!


Like his first collection Imaginary HomelandsI do not think that this is essentially reading for anyone but dedicated Rushdie fans, but the collection stands out as a commentary on Rushdie’s place in the current literary scene.

And yet, over the last seven years or so, it has been called a number of other things.

Step Across This Line Summary

This is a book to take time over. Some times you have to remind yourself that he has earned the right to be self-aggrandising. That process I enjoyed thoroughly and repeatedly. It all ties together and it all matters. All three men were accused of blasphemy and heresy. As the title suggests the essays are about the many kinds of borders a person can Sir Salmon Rushdie is one of my most favorite, still living writers.

His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world. Another is that the mausoleum was constructed in secrecy behind high walls, and a man who tried to sneak a preview was blinded for his interest in architecture. Unlike a compilation of short stories, Rushdie talks here directly to the reader about political and social issues that are deeply relevant to the 21st century with the exception of the essay on Oz, which makes a welcome side track.

I have led two lives: It’s intellectual and not, which makes it fun; he gets into the geometr I really enjoyed this, because Rushdie’s writing is so fluid and witty and easy to read, and because he touches on so many different subjects in this book.


Freedom from political or economic or philosophical oppression. Quotes from Step Across This Bought this basically for the huge, enormous, gigantic essay on the Wizard of Oz which Salamn read in the New Yorker when it came out, marveling at each turn of the page how it just went on and on and on.

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Oct 18, Dr G rated it really liked it. The building itself left my skepticism in shreds, however. I would reverse that proposition, because in the present instance what we are against is a no brainer.

Even if you are scared.

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All three were attacked by the storm troopers of bigotry. The famous and illegal fatwa against him is by now a residual threat. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And this, finally, is why the Taj Mahal must be seen: I would like to say a little about just one of the weapons of this resurgent lobby, a weapon used, interestingly, by everyone from anti-pornography feminists to religious fundamentalists: Such people are against, to offer just a brief list, freedom of speech, a multi-party political system, universal adult suffrage, accountable government, Jews, homosexuals, women’s rights, fhis, secularism, short skirts, dancing, beardlessness, evolution theory, sex.

Hence, it is unacceptable to excuse terrorism on the basis of anti-Americanism. And yet they are, as is plain to anyone, the founders of the philosophical, moral, and scientific traditions of the West.