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Salman Rushdie

Dátum narodenia: 19. jún 1947

Salman Rushdie [nečíta sa anglicky "rašdý", ale "rušdý"!!!] je anglický spisovateľ indického pôvodu, ktorý žije a píše vo Spojenom kráľovstve.

„Trochu toho a trochu tamtoho, tak sa rodia nové veci.“

„Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.“ The Satanic Verses

„What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.“

„Whenever someone who knows you disappears, you lose one version of yourself. Yourself as you were seen, as you were judged to be. Lover or enemy, mother or friend, those who know us construct us, and their several knowings slant the different facets of our characters like diamond-cutter's tools. Each such loss is a step leading to the grave, where all versions blend and end.“ The Ground Beneath Her Feet

„I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I'm gone which would not have happened if I had not come.“ Midnight's Children

„From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.“ The Satanic Verses

„Memory's truth, because memory has its own special kind. It selects, eliminates, alters, exaggerates, minimizes, glorifies, and vilifies also; but in the end it creates its own reality, its heterogeneous but usually coherent version of events; and no sane human being ever trusts someone else's version more than his own.“ Midnight's Children

„Go for broke. Always try and do too much. Dispense with safety nets. Take a deep breath before you begin talking. Aim for the stars. Keep grinning. Be bloody-minded. Argue with the world. And never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things--childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves--that go on slipping, like sand, through our fingers.“ Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991

„Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that's what.“ The Satanic Verses

„When a reader falls in love with a book, it leaves its essence inside him, like radioactive fallout in an arable field, and after that there are certain crops that will no longer grow in him, while other, stranger, more fantastic growths may occasionally be produced."

[, L. A. Times, April 24, 2005]“

„What kind of idea are you? Are you the kind that compromises, does deals, accomodates itself to society, aims to find a niche, to survive; or are you the cussed, bloody-minded, ramrod-backed type of damnfool notion that would rather break than sway with the breeze? – The kind that will almost certainly, ninety-nine times out of hundred, be smashed to bits; but, the hundredth time, will change the world.“ The Satanic Verses

„Nobody has the right to not be offended. That right doesn't exist in any declaration I have ever read.

If you are offended it is your problem, and frankly lots of things offend lots of people.

I can walk into a bookshop and point out a number of books that I find very unattractive in what they say. But it doesn't occur to me to burn the bookshop down. If you don't like a book, read another book. If you start reading a book and you decide you don't like it, nobody is telling you to finish it.

To read a 600-page novel and then say that it has deeply offended you: well, you have done a lot of work to be offended.“

„A poet's work... to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.“

„A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second.“ The Ground Beneath Her Feet

„We all owe death a life.“ Midnight's Children

„To understand just one life you have to swallow the world... do you wonder, then, that I was a heavy child?“ Midnight's Children

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