Salman Rushdie, resistance writer, storyteller of world chaos

Stay on track. To devote himself to literature and his ability to do so “to increase the sum total of what human beings are capable of perceiving, understanding, and thus, ultimately, being” (Joseph Anton, biography, Blon, 2012). Not giving up writing is one form of resistance chosen by Salman Rushdie after the fatwa issued against him in February 1989. It is an integral part of his defense, and he has never denied, freedom of expression, of which he testified his strong support. Charlie Hebdo After the 2015 attacks, when he was speaking an important part of the American intellectual landscape. Lots of procrastination that must have revived the author’s painful memories.

Remain a novelist at all costs. A novelist busy narrating the chaos of the world, armed with his imagination, erudition and sense of humor. After all, if it is By mistake “ that his life was “make it fun” (From a narrative point of view), where he happened to level the turning point in his life thirty-three years ago, he became a voluntary writer on the other hand.

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He was born on June 19, 1947 to a bourgeois Muslim family – father a businessman and mother a teacher – in Bombay, in a neighborhood where Indians, European and American expatriates coexist. In an interview with the magazine Game rulesin 1993, noted: “For anyone who has grown up in any big city, especially in a city like mine, where East and West meet, one of the salient truths for you is that culture is mixed, and that it is a mixture, in short, it is an impure form. And the novel should be a celebration of impurity.”

In 1961 the teenager was sent to study in England. After high school, he entered Cambridge to study history. Once he graduates, this great reader, a naturalized Briton, makes his living by working in advertising, a sector that teaches him, he says, the art of brevity Although it is not the first term that comes to mind when one thinks of their fertile labors – but it does taste formulas that sum up many thoughts or feelings in the fewest words.

“I discovered my voice”

In 1968, he quit his job to start writing. Begin years of learning and trial and error of the person whose influences will be sought from Charles Dickens as much as from the New Wave, from Luis Buñuel and from Mikhail Bulgakov or from the traditional myths of Pañchatantra he was fed. In 1975 he published his first novel, Grimus (J.C. Lattès, 1977), who organizes the encounter of science fiction, mythology, and storytelling, without convincing much. Including its author, who, not forgetting to mention it, anoints it with the words: “It wasn’t very good.”

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