East-West Encounter in Salman Rushdie's Novels
This paper analyses the novels written by the British Indian author Salman Rushdie. Searching for new and better maps of reality, with which to understand the world and to create a unified, coherent sense of self, nationality or ethnicity, the author, owing to his multiple roots and cross cultural imagination, develops multiple connections and interactions between different styles, genres, codes, images, and languages. He blends these elements together into something entirely individual, shaping a kind of writing which stands at the border between Eastern and Western traditions and conventions. In his works Rushdie gives voice to the tensions that characterize the multicultural experience of exile in general and the immigrant experience in Britain in particular and looks back to and tries to reclaim his lost countries Pakistan and India. Thus he reflects in his works the struggle between the cultures within himself and the polycultural influences at work upon our societies.
Prospero. Rivista di Letterature Straniere, Comparatistica e Studi Culturali
EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Sandra Huisman, "East-West Encounter in Salman Rushdie's Novels", in: Prospero. Rivista di Letterature Straniere, Comparatistica e Studi Culturali, IV (1997), pp. 111-127