A dazzling story told for the love of story by the greatest of storytellers gives us a novel of wisdom and pleasure for all ages, in which a young boy must battle his way through a dangerous world in order to save his father.
On a beautiful starry night in the city of Kahani in the land of Alifbay, a terrible thing happened: twelve-year-old Luka’s storyteller father, Rashid, fell suddenly and inexplicably into a sleep so deep that nothing and no one could rouse him. To save him from slipping away entirely, Luka must embark on a journey through The Magic World, encountering a slew of phantasmagorical obstacles along the way, to steal the Fire of Life, a seemingly impossible and exceedingly dangerous task.
Rushdie proved that he is one of the best contemporary writers with Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990). While Haroun was written as a gift for his first son, Luka and the Fire of Life, the story of Haroun’s younger brother, is a gift for Salman’s second son on the occasion of his twelfth birthday. Lyrically crafted and filled with frolicking wordplay, this is Salman Rushdie at his best.
Salman Rushdie - Imaginary Homelands
This collection of 75 of Salman Rushdie's candid personal essays--an informative companion to his fiction--provide a record of his thoughts on various aspects of our world: politics, religion, the lives and work of fellow writers (including an elegy for Raymond Carver), movies (one of Rushdie's passions), the experiences of immigration and exile, and his own books.
Salman Rushdie - The Enchantress of Florence
A tall, yellow-haired young European traveler calling himself 'Mogor dell'Amore', the Mughal of Love, arrives at the court of the real Grand Mughal, the Emperor Akbar, with a tale to tell that begins to obsess the whole imperial capital. The stranger claims to be the child of a lost Mughal princess, the youngest sister of Akbar's grandfather Babar: Qara Koz, 'Lady Black Eyes', a great beauty believed to possess powers of enchantment and sorcery, who is taken captive first by an Uzbek warlord, then by the Shah of Persia, and finally becomes the lover of a certain Argalia, a Florentine soldier of fortune, commander of the armies of the Ottoman Sultan.When Argalia returns home with his Mughal mistress the city is mesmerized by her presence, and much trouble ensues. The "Enchantress of Florence" is the story of a woman attempting to command her own destiny in a man's world. It brings together two cities that barely know each other - the hedonistic Mughal capital, in which the brilliant emperor wrestles daily with questions of belief, desire and the treachery of sons, and the equally sensual Florentine world of powerful courtesans, humanist philosophy and inhuman torture, where Argalia's boyhood friend 'il Machia' - Niccolo Machiavelli - is learning, the hard way, about the true brutality of power. These two worlds, so far apart, turn out to be uncannily alike, and the enchantments of women hold sway over them both. But is Mogor's story true? And if so, then what happened to the lost princess? And if he's a liar, must he die?
Salman Rushdie - Shame
In this brilliant novel, Salman Rushdie masterfully combines history, art, language, politics, and religion. Set in a country "not quite Pakistan," the story centers around the families of two men-one a celebrated warrior, the other, a debauched playboy-engaged in a protracted duel that is played out in the political landscape of their country. Shame is a tour de force and a fitting predecessor to the author's legendary novel, The Satanic Verses.
Salman Rushdie - Joseph Anton (angol)
On February 14, 1989, Valentine’s Day, Salman Rushdie received a telephone call from a BBC journalist who told the author that he had been “sentenced to death” by the Ayatollah Khomeini. It was the first time Rushdie heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being “against Islam, the Prophet, and the Quran.” So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team. Rushdie was asked to choose an alias that the police could call him by. He thought of writers he loved and various combinations of their names. Then it came to him: Conrad and Chekhov—Joseph Anton. How do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for more than nine years? How does he go on working? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his thoughts and actions, and how does he learn to fight back? In this remarkable memoir, Rushdie tells that story for the first time; the story of the crucial battle for freedom of speech. He shares the sometimes grim, sometimes comic realities of living with armed policemen, and the close bonds he formed with his protectors; of his struggle for support and understanding from governments, intelligence chiefs, publishers, journalists, and fellow writers; and of how he regained his freedom. Compelling, provocative, and moving, Joseph Anton is a book of exceptional frankness, honesty, and vital importance. Because what happened to Salman Rushdie was the first act of a drama that is still unfolding somewhere in the world every day.
Salman Rushdie - Step Across this Line
From one of the great novelists of our day, a vital, brilliant new book of essays, speeches and articles essential for our times. Step Across This Line showcases the other side of one of fiction’s most astonishing conjurors. On display is Salman Rushdie’s incisive, thoughtful and generous mind, in prose that is as entertaining as it is topical. The world is here, captured in pieces on a dazzling array of subjects: from New York’s Amadou Diallo case to the Wizard of Oz, from U2 to fifty years of Indian writing, from a tribute to Angela Carter to the struggle to film Midnight’s Children. The title essay was originally delivered at Yale as the 2002 Tanner lecture on human values, and examines the changing meaning of frontiers in the modern world -- moral and metaphorical frontiers as well as physical ones. The collection chronicles Rushdie’s intellectual journeys, but it is also an intimate invitation into his life: he explores his relationship to India through a moving diary of his first visit there in over a decade, “A Dream of Glorious Return.” Step Across This Line also includes “Messages From the Plague Years,” a historic set of letters, articles and reflections on life under the fatwa. Gathered together for the first time, this is Rushdie’s humane, intelligent and angry response to a grotesque threat, aimed not just at him but at free expression itself. Step Across This Line, Salman Rushdie’s first collection of non-fiction in a decade, has the same energy, imagination and erudition as his astounding novels -- along with some very strongopinions.
Salman Rushdie - Fury
Fury is the story of a dollmaker whose dolls run wild, of living women turned into dolls and then broken, and of a revolt on the planet's far side led by an army of living dolls. Fury is a novel of an old, deep love gone wrong, of a second, twisted passion rooted in wrongness, and of a third, passionate love that just might turn out right. Fury is a novel of furious energy, a study of the workings of fury at the heart of human lives: the personal fury that poisons human relations, the psychotic fury that fuels murderers, the social fury born of our raised and disappointed hopes, the creative fury that sets free our greatest gifts, the political fury that starts revolutions and burns whole cities down. Fury is a novel of today, an utterly contemporary portrait of life at the beginning of the third millennium, life in New York during an apparently endless time of prosperity that is paradoxically also a time of barrenness in many people's lives, and also in the world-empire that America rules, although it barely knows where it is.
Salman Rushdie - The Jaguar Smile
In this timeless, haunting portrait of the people and the politics of Nicaragua, Rushdie brings to life the palpable human facts of a country in the midst of a revolution. Rushdie went to Nicaragua in 1986, harboring no preconceptions of what he might find. What he discovered was overwhelming: a culture of heroes who had turned into inanimate objects and of politicians and warriors who were poets; a land of difficult, often beautiful contradictions. His perceptions always heightened by his special sensitivity to "the views from underneath," Rushdie reveals a land resounding with the clashes between history and morality, government and individuals.
Salman Rushdie - Midnight's Children
Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India’s 1,000 other “midnight’s children,” all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts. This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people–a brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy. Twenty-five years after its publication, Midnight’s Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time.
Salman Rushdie - The Ground Beneath Her Feet
Vina Aspara, a famous and much-loved singer, is caught up in a devastating earthquake and never seen again. This is her story, and that of Ormus Cama, the lover who finds, loses, seeks and again finds her throughout his extraordinary life in music. It is narrated by Ormus's childhood friend, Rai.
Salman Rushdie - A Mór utolsó sóhaja
A portugál Vasco da Gama leszármazottai; Spanyolországból a XV. században száműzött, a dél-indiai Kocsinban letelepedett zsidók; a bombayi felső tízezer; művészek, dilettánsok és korrupt városatyák. Egy zseniális, gyermekeivel látszólag mit sem törődő, festőművész anya, aki napokra eltűnik műtermében, hogy a "Mór képek" végtelen sorozatát fesse; egy látszatra pipogya, valójában minden hájjal megkent apa, aki üzelmeit fűszerkereskedelemmel és hintőporgyártással álcázza, s akitől politikusok és maffiafőnökök rettegnek; három nővér - Ina, Minnie, Mynah -, akik öccsükhöz és apjukhoz hasonlóan egész életükben féktelen és fékezhetetlen anyjukkal küszködnek. Ebben a családban és környezetben éli dupla sebességű életét a könyv főhőse, Moraes Zogoiby, a Mór, aki Boabdilt, Granada utolsó szultánját is az ősei közt tudhatja, s aki ugyanolyan számkivetett, mint ama szerencsétlen mór, aki az Alhambrát elhagyva még egyszer visszanézett és - mit tehetett volna? - sóhajtott egy utolsót. Így sóhajtja el a Mór is családja történetét, melyben - mint már annyiszor Rushdie műveiben - most is a "Hol éljek? Hol élhetek? az egyik legfontosabb kérdés. Választás azonban nincs. Moraes nem találja meg a maga "Móruzsálemjét", de legalább nem úgy jár, mint az a boldogtalan földbirtokos, aki ott áll az Indiát és Pakisztánt elválasztó szögesdrót között, és mivel fogalma sincs, melyik oldalon fekszik a birtoka, csak annyit bír kipréselni magából: "Ó puff neki, hihihi, az fix iksz, az esztelen lámpa bablencséje!" Rushdie ebben a regényben megismétli korábbi remekműve, _Az éjfél gyermekei_ bravúrját: Kiapadhatatlan fabulázó kedvvel, nyelvi leleménnyel és képzelettel egy olyan világot teremt, amely minden hihetetlen részletével együtt hiteles, minden egzotikuma ellenére egyetemes, s összhatásában egyszerűen lenyűgöző.
Junichiro Tanizaki - Seven Japanese Tales
In these seven stories, the author of The Makioka Sisters explores the territory where love becomes self-annihilation, where the contemplation of beauty gives way to fetishism, and where tradition becomes an instrument of refined cruelty.
Neil Gaiman - American Gods
Shadow is a man with a past and wants nothing more now than to live a quiet life with his wife. When his wife is killed in a terrible accident, Shadow flies home for the funeral. As a raging storm rocks the plane, the strange man in the seat next to Shadow introduces himself as Mr. Wednesday. He knows more about Shadow than is possible--and he warns Shadow an even bigger storm is coming.
Roald Dahl - Fantastic Mr Fox
Fantastic Mr. Fox is on the run! The three meanest farmers around are out to get him. Fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don’t know is that they’re not dealing with just any fox–Mr. Fox would never surrender. But only the most fantastic plan ever can save him now.
Cressida Cowell - How to Train Your Viking, by Toothless the Dragon
Toothless is the dragon of a truly extraordinary Viking Hero called Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. Hiccup has written three books so far, and now Toothless has his say. Here are Toothless's tips on how to train your Viking!
Neil Gaiman - Coraline & Other Stories
When Coraline explores her new home, she steps through a door and into another house just like her own - except that things aren't quite as they seem. There's another mother and another father in this house and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. Coraline must use all of her wits and every ounce of courage in order to save herself and return home ... but will she escape and will life ever be the same again? Elsewhere in this collection, a sinister jack-in-the-box haunts the lives of the children who ever owned it, a stray cat does nightly battle to protect his adopted family, and a boy raised in a graveyard confronts the much more troubled world of the living. From the scary to the whimsical, the fantastical to the humorous, Coraline & Other Stories is a journey into the dark, magical world of Neil Gaiman.
Roald Dahl - Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
Picking right up where Charlie and the Chocolate Factory left off, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator continues the adventures of Charlie Bucket, his family, and Willy Wonka, the eccentric candy maker. As the book begins, our heroes are shooting into the sky in a glass elevator, headed for destinations unknown. What follows is exactly the kind of high-spirited magical madness and mayhem we've all come to expect from Willy Wonka and his creator Roald Dahl. The American space race gets a send-up, as does the President, and Charlie's family gets a second chance at childhood. Throw in the Vermicious Knids, Gnoolies, and Minusland and we once again witness pure genius. (Ages 9 to 12)
Salman Rushdie - Hárún és a mesék tengere
Salman Rushdie korunk legnagyobb mesemondója „Volt egyszer Alifbá országában egy szomorú város, minden városok legszomorúbbika […] Ennek a városnak az útvesztőiben, túl a tört szívekre emlékeztető romházak negyedén, élt egy Hárún nevezetű vidám kis fickó, egyetlen gyermeke a mesemondó Rasíd kalifának, kinek vidámságáról regéket regéltek szerte a szomorú városban […] Aztán valahogy minden elromlott. Talán beszivárgott végül a város szomorúsága az ablakon. Mikor egy nap, strófa közben, mintha csak kikapcsolták volna, elhallgatott Szoraja éneke, Hárún tudta, hogy bajok lesznek. De hogy mekkorák, azt nem is gyanította.” Salman Rushdie indiai születésű brit író, akire mohamedán vallási vezetők kimondták a fatvát. A MAN Booker-díjas szerző neve komoly irodalmi védjegy, az író számos nemzetközi zsűri tagja, regényei világszerte sikerlistásak. Háromszor nősült, két fia van, jelenleg Padma Lakshmi modellel él New Yorkban.
Salman Rushdie - Shalimar the Clown
Los Angeles, 1991. Ambassador Maximilian Ophuls, one of the makers of the modern world, is murdered in broad daylight on his illegitimate daughter India's doorstep, slaughtered by a knife wielded by his Kashmiri Muslim driver, a myscerious figure who calls himself Shalimar the clown. The dead man is a World War II Resistance hero, a man of formidable intellectual ability and much erotic appeal, a former US ambassador to India and subsequently America's counter-terrorism chief. The murder looks at first like a political assassination, but turns out to be passionately personal. This is the story of Max, his killer, and his daughter - and of a fourth character, the woman who links them, whose story finally explains them all. It is an epic narrative that moves from California to Kashmir, France and England, and back to California again. Along the way there are tales of princesses lured from their homes by demons, legends of kings forced to defend their kingdoms against evil. There is kindness and magic, capable of producing miracles, but there is also war, ugly, unavoidable, and seemingly interminable. And there is always love, gained and lost, uncommonly beautiful and mortally dangerous. Everything is unsettled. Everything is connected. Lives are uprooted, names keep changing - nothing is permanent. The story of anywhere is also the story of everywhere else. Spanning the globe and darting through history, Rushdie's narrative captures the heart of the reader and the spirit of a troubled age.
Roald Dahl - The BFG
Every night, when the world is sleeping, big gruesome giants guzzle up whoppsy whiffling human beans. And there's only one giant who can stop them - the BFG. He's the kindest giant there is and, with his friend Sophie in his top pocket, he sets out to rid the world of the Bloodbottler,the Heshlumpeaterand all their rotsome friends forever...
Salman Rushdie - A firenzei varázslónő
Magas, ifjú utazó érkezik Akbar udvarába, aki magát "Mogor dell'Amore"-nak, azaz a Szerelem moguljának nevezi, és olyan mesével bódítja az udvar és a város népét, amely megbabonázza hallgatóságát. Az idegen azt állítja, hogy egy elveszett hercegnőnek a fia, aki varázserővel és boszorkányhatalommal bír, s akinek kegyéért üzbég hadurak, a perzsa sah, firenzei szerencselovagok és oszmán hadvezérek küzdöttek. Amikor a varázserejű lány szerelmesével hazatér, a város a lábai előtt hever, de vajon igaz-e Mogor története? És ha igaz, hol rejtőzik a hercegnő? Ha pedig hazugság – egy olyan világban, amelyet a női varázslatok uralnak –, Mogort a vérpad várja... Salman Rushdie, indiai születésű brit író, akire mohamedán vallási vezetők kimond-ták a fatvát. A MAN Booker-díjas szerző neve komoly irodalmi védjegy, az író számos nemzetközi zsűri tagja, regényei világszerte sikerlistásak.