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The Booker Shortlist special: Damon Galgut, Patricia Lockwood, Anuk Arudpragasam and Salman Rushdie

The Eat, Watch and Binge Read Podcast

Join Dhruv, Anisha and guest podcaster Bhargavi for Episode 24 of the EWBR podcast as they discuss their favs from the Booker shortlist. From Patricia Lockwood's No One Is Talking About This and social media to Anuk Arudpragasam's searing tale of Sri Lanka and war, A Passage North. And of course Anisha's eerily prescient guess re: the actual winner, Damon Galgut's The Promise.A slight detour into the old Booker favourite Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children, The Ground Beneath Her Feet and magical realism. Also 1997's game changing A God of Small Things by literary magician Arundhati Roy.Listen in today! On Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever else you get your podcast.--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eatwatchbingeread/message


14 Dec 2021

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Salman Rushdie: Touchstones with Razia Iqbal

Intelligence Squared

Salman Rushdie, award-winning novelist and author of Midnight’s Children and Quichotte, discusses his cultural touchstones, from James Joyce to Bob Dylan. Rushdie was in conversation with BBC journalist and broadcaster Razia Iqbal. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


14 Sep 2021

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The Satanic Verses: Salman Rushdie, Ayatollah Khomeini, and the Fatwa to Kill Rushdie


Satanic Verses by Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie is one of the great English language literary figures.  He has won the Brooker Prize for the best Novel in English and was a finalist twice. The focus of this talk is on the Rushdie novel, the Islamic traditions around the most controversial passages, comparisons with Christian traditions, and the reaction of Ayatollah Khomeini. But a core focus is upon how we interpret texts, especially religious texts.  Consider an incident in the gospels.  It is called The Woman at the Well.  Jesus is thirsty and asks a woman drawing water if he can have a drink.  She says yes and gives him a drink.  It turns out she is a “loose” woman, maybe even a prostitute.  But that aside there is a problem in translation.  In at least one African culture, when a woman gives a man food or drink from her hand, it is a prelude to sex.  In that particular translation of the Bible, there is a footnote explaining that Jesus is not hitting on this woman. Lesson 1:  Fidelity to the words as written can often be wrong rather than right.  Lesson 2: Our understanding can also be wrong, even if we have a clear understanding of the words. There is also a tension between the overarching goal of revelation (for those who are believers) and specific texts.  If the divine goal of revelation is to empower humans to achieve their full potential, then a focus upon a specific text intended to put a check on sin can be in contradiction with the higher goal if it is emphasized in a way that constrains human empowerment by overlooking  the higher divine purpose.   All believers want to know God’s Will but God is often opaque in terms of our understanding.  (Go back to the podcast on Feuerbach is you missed that one).  I am reminded of what the great Catholic theologian Hans Kung said when he came to Dearborn in the 1980s and was challenged from the floor about how he had interpreted a specific passage. The person challenging him had absolute certainty about the meaning of a specific text regarding the future: Kung  said, “God does not act to satisfy human curiosity.”  Ouch!  Some of you will find this lecture provocative.  Good! I hope it is provocative in a way that makes you think.  This was a class lecture.  There is some interaction with students and some  references to readings.  Sorry about that.  I thought the lecture came out well and did not want to re-record it. Books by Salman Rushdie are Satanic Verses and  Joseph Anton.  Some terms and namesQureish, Hagar/Hajar, Ishmael, Abraham/Ibrahim,  Mecca, Medina, Gabriel/Jibril, circumambulate, Mahound, Salman the Scribe; Pantheon (a building in pre-Islamic Mecca where there were 360 gods); Taif; demiurge;  intersession; garaniq. Three female goddesses from Taif: Al-lat, al-Uzza, Manat.  Ayatollah Khomeini, fatwa.  Iran-Iraq War of 1980-1988.  Early biographers: Ibn Ishak, Tabari, Ibn Saad; Apostasy, blasphemy, heresy. One glitch:  A favorite translation of the Bible is The Jerusalem Bible, not The Jefferson Bible.  (There is a Jefferson Bible, consisting entirely of the words and teachings of Jesus, but it is not the one I mentioned). Thoughtful Comment:  Stocktonafterclass@gmail.com

1hr 11mins

9 Aug 2021

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Salman Rushdie on Truth, Language and the Power of Stories

Intelligence Squared

Salman Rushdie, internationally bestselling author and ‘Best of the Booker’ winner, is a storyteller of the highest order, illuminating truths about our society and culture through his dazzling prose. Best known as a novelist, he is also a compelling essayist and last month he came to Intelligence Squared to talk about the ideas in his latest collection of nonfiction, Languages of Truth. In conversation with cultural critic Shahidha Bari, Rushdie shared with us his personal encounters, on the page and in person, with storytellers from Shakespeare and Cervantes to Philip Roth and Toni Morrison. We heard his thoughts on Christopher Hitchens and the American Right, Osama Bin Laden and Pakistan, and on the role of artists, intellectuals and ordinary citizens in fighting for freedom of speech and thought. To buy the book click here: https://www.primrosehillbooks.com/product/languages-of-truth-essays-2003-2020-salman-rushdie/ Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/intelligencesquared.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


1 Jun 2021

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Cape in Conversation: Katie Kitamura and Salman Rushdie


This year marks 100 years of Vintage imprint Jonathan Cape. To celebrate, we’ve launched Cape in Conversation, a Vintage Books Podcast miniseries which will see authors from across the generations and genres of Cape’s list discuss their work and ideas, and give you a flavour of the many kinds of book and different voices that Cape publishes. Today, series host Shahidha Bari is in conversation with two authors, Salman Rushdie and Katie Kitamura. You can find out more about Katie Kitamura's work here: https://bit.ly/3oYsriY And about Salman Rushdie's here: https://bit.ly/3idjpgT You can find out more about the history of Jonathan Cape here: https://bit.ly/3wx4n9w Host Shahidha Bari is also a Jonathan Cape author – read more about her book and work as a journalist here: https://bit.ly/2RQpYuI Shahidha will be back for Cape in Conversation on the Vintage Books podcast in six weeks, where she’ll be talking to two more writers, Afua Hirsch and George Packer.Follow us on Twitter @vintagebooks ᛫ Sign up to the Vintage newsletter to hear all about our new releases, see exclusive extracts and win prizes: sign up here Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


30 May 2021

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The Lock In with Jeremy Paxman

Jeremy sits down with Salman Rushdie, celebrated novelist. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.


26 May 2021

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323 Salman Rushdie

The History of Literature

Salman Rushdie (1947- ) became famous in the literary world in 1981, when his second novel Midnight's Children became a bestseller and won the Booker Prize. By the end of that decade, he was perhaps the most famous author in the world, as the fatwa calling for his execution made global headlines. Throughout these years, and despite nearly unimaginable circumstances, Rushdie has continued his devotion to the art of fiction, producing a dozen novels in addition to short stories and works of nonfiction. In this episode, Jacke takes a look at the life, works, and outlook of Salman Rushdie.Help support the show at patreon.com/literature or historyofliterature.com/shop. (We appreciate it!) Find out more at historyofliterature.com, jackewilson.com, or by following Jacke and Mike on Twitter at @thejackewilson and @literatureSC. Or send an email to jackewilsonauthor@gmail.com.New!!! Looking for an easy to way to buy Jacke a coffee? Now you can at paypal.me/jackewilson. Your generosity is much appreciated!The History of Literature Podcast is a member of Lit Hub Radio and the Podglomerate Network. Learn more at www.thepodglomerate.com/historyofliterature. ***This show is a part of the Podglomerate network, a company that produces, distributes, and monetizes podcasts. We encourage you to visit the website and sign up for our newsletter for more information about our shows, launches, and events. For more information on how The Podglomerate treats data, please see our Privacy Policy. Since you're listening to The History of Literature, we'd like to suggest you also try other Podglomerate shows surrounding literature, history, and storytelling like Storybound, Micheaux Mission, and The History of Standup. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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26 Apr 2021

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Salman Rushdie - I Write

Toure Show

Salman Rushdie is a legendary novelist and one of my literary idols. I’m proud to also call him a friend. Here in this throwback ep we talk about writing, Toni Morrison, life in crazy modern America, and his novel Quichotte. Everyone who’s a writer or a reader should check this out. He’s one of the great literary figures of the last few decades.Patreon.com/toureshowInstagram: @toureshowTwitter: @toure Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

1hr 7mins

11 Apr 2021

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The Quarantine Tapes 168: Salman Rushdie

The Quarantine Tapes

“I do think that stories are these storehouses of who we are as human beings and what we can be. They speculate what we can be, they tell us what we have been.”


4 Mar 2021

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67 - Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses (Guest: George Salis)

Books of Some Substance

George Salis, author of Sea Above, Sun Below joins David to discuss The Satanic Verses, the controversial, exuberant, magical, and magnificent novel by Sir Salman Rushdie. They discuss the poetry, the allusions, and the history of this "Everything" novel in their own labyrinthine and interconnected way.


28 Feb 2021