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Languages of Truth Reviews

Languages of Truth by Salman Rushdie

Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020

Salman Rushdie

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Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 27 May 2021
ISBN: 9781787331938

*A SUNDAY TIMES 'BOOKS OF 2021' PICK* From 'Best of the Booker' winner Salman Rushdie, an incisive and inspiring collection of non-fiction essays, criticism and speeches that takes readers on a thrilling journey through the evolution of language and culture

2 stars out of 5
23 May 2021

"Rushdie is overly drawn to low-hanging fruit in this smug collection of criticism, speeches and essays"

In all this, there’s a sense of how far Rushdie has come from the hungry figure at one point seen hunting rare sci-fi in a north London bookshop in the early 70s. Picking up his dry cleaning in Hollywood, he runs into Muhammad Ali; Diane von Furstenberg helps him fundraise for a festival involving “the finest voices in world literature”.

It would be thoroughly charming were it not for Rushdie’s tendency to rant about “our dumbed-down, homogenised, frightened present-day culture”, in thrall to “tales of finding oneself through breast-reduction surgery or finding happiness through colossal weight loss; accounts of sporting triumph, triumph on television reality shows”. Well, some of us win the Booker, others Big Brother; what can you do?