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  • Published: 6 October 1995
  • ISBN: 9780099533016
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

East, West




A brilliant collection of short stories from the Booker prize-winning author.

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.

  • Published: 6 October 1995
  • ISBN: 9780099533016
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen novels – Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, Luka and the Fire of Life, Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights, The Golden House and Quichotte (which was shortlisted for hte Booker Prize) – and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of non-fiction – Joseph Anton, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line – and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.

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Praise for East, West

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

Toronto Star

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

Globe and Mail

Rushdie is the great post-imperial Indian writer

Times Literary Supplement

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