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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At their worst, this consuming hatred provides aid and comfort to imperialism and the idea that certain parts of the world need to be “civilized” by certain others. In Dickens, rushdiee details of place and social mores are skewered by a pitiless realism, a naturalistic exactitude that has never been bettered.

All in all, I recommend this book. That’s not to say some of his insights are not thought-provoking. Freedom of and from religion. How can we protect it?

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I believe most, if not all, of these essays were previously published in various venues, so some might be familiar to you. To these can be added a third case, that of Galileo. Jul 28, Kristin rated it really liked it. Rushdie is marvelous at writing them.

Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction by Salman Rushdie

However, some of his points are repeated too frequently in these writings. In Germany and Italy and Spain other kinds of produce were involved. Lone a contradiction in his moral reason appears over the course of his writing.


In free societies, you must have the free play of ideas. The problem’s name is god. From the Hardcover edition.

It is, however, an event that belongs in the record. Step Across This Line begins and ends with stories for children. In “Not About Islam? Life could be a comradely embrace, people helping one another rather than looking for ways to trip each other up. So I had no idea what I was in for. I also enjoyed his essays about India: This book is l Somewhere in the course of this collection of his non-fiction works, Rushdie says, “[we]. Although the long section relating the story of the campaign to defend him from Ayatollah Khomeini’s death sentence is valuable, I was disappointed it did not include his own infamous public embrace and then disavowal of Islam.

Higher education Fiction Politics books Salman Rushdie reviews. Love feels more and more like the only subject. Before reading this I’d never attempted his nonfiction, I’m not sure I’d ever even read an interview with him. Remembering how real this threat was and how readily some folks wanted to blame the victim add to the poignancy of this volume.

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It has been called theoretical. Rushdie is simply a magnificient writer and I write this in all my twenty six year old idealistic ignorance.


Dec 25, Shahine Ardeshir rated it liked it. See all books by Salman Rushdie. Well, the newspaper is also filled with ‘relevant’ things. Some times you have to remind yourself that he has earned the right to be self-aggrandising. Among the other boarders he will cross are death, politics, literature and fame.

Step Across This Line Summary

There really is no rhyme or reason to my brain sometimes. Can we unanimously concur that all the items in the preceding list — yes, even the short skirts and the dancing — are worth dying for? This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Thanks for telling us about the problem. In general, though, it’s astonishing how level-headed, rational, courageous and sane his tone is from the fatwa years. Somewhere in the course of this collection of his non-fiction works, Rushdie says, “[we]. They really should have marketed this book in some other way.

Rushdie, literary giant in his own right, seems to exercises this great power in this collection of non fiction that is littered with gems, but is let down by what seems like mostly filler material.