323 Salman Rushdie

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.

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3 thoughts on “323 Salman Rushdie”

  1. I very much disagree with your statement starting at 22:33. A novel about a woman being locked in the trunk of a car is always going to be political. Crime stories are always going to be political.

    A well done crime story, is almost always political. It’s going to be about assigning blame and finding someone guilty or a victim finding justice.

    If this woman locked in the trunk is a person of color, this story is deffinantly going to have to be about racial justice. People of color are far less likely to be found when they go missing. If she is white, then she is far more likely to be found, and you still need to address racial inequality. Her social privilege is the reason she would be more likely to get out of the car at the end of the story.

    There are lots of other details about her that would highlight other inequalities that exist. Does she speak English? Is she an American citizen? Is she a sex worker? Does she struggle with alcoholism or addiction? Does she live in poverty or is she homeless? Is she a transwoman? Is she disabled? All these things lead to systemic inequality that keeps people who go missing from being found, let alone even being found alive.

    Whether or not she gets out of that car, and all the events that let up to her being locked in that trunk are incredibly tied to who she is and if she will even bother pressing charges if she gets out of the trunk alive.

    We are multidimensional people who live in an intersectional world. Social justice issues have everything to do with our private lives. They impact who we are and what obstacles we have to deal with in daily life.

    There are some larger things that may not be connected to this woman in a car. But if they exist, it’s usually because her social privilege, or the author’s social privilege, makes it possible to turn a blind eye to those issues.

    1. Thank you for this very thoughtful comment. You have provided a thorough response to a question that is different from the one I was raising. But that’s not your fault – I’ll take the blame for not being more clear! Thanks again – Jacke.

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