Sri Lankan scholar writes up-to-date book on world’s most controversial novelist
Posted on September 11th, 2011

Salman Rushdie: Second Edition (Basingstoke,U.K., &New York: Palgrave Macmillan, updated & expanded with 4 new chapters and new Conclusion, 2010) Hb978-0-230-21721-8 pounds 42.50 Pb: 978-0-230-21722-5 pounds 17.99.

 ‘A valuable and thorough reading of a major contemporary novelist’s writing.-Professor Randy Boyagoda, Ryerson University, Canada

 Salman Rushdie is one of the most widely-studied and controversial contemporary British authors.  This revised and expanded new edition of an established text explores all of Rushdie’s fiction, non-fiction and biographical writings to date.  Considering the author’s fiction as art, in all its richness of significance and technique, D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke examines the blend of autobiographical and historical elements and analyses Rushdie’s complex position as a migrant writer. 

 Salman Rushdie, second edition:

* features new chapters which discuss the author’s most recent novels, including Fury (2001), Shalimar the Clown (2005) and The Enchantress of Florence (2008)

* reviews Rushdie’s texts in the light of recent research and critical developments

* focuses on Rushdie as a novelist in the context of migration, postcolonialism and globalisation

* covers the “ƒ”¹…”Rushdie Affair’, indicating that the situation surrounding The Satanic Verses is more intricate than simply “ƒ”¹…”freedom of expression versus Islamic fundamentalism’

* contains an updated Bibliography and helpful new Chronology to aid study.

 In surveying Rushdie’s complicated writing career and the innovative and, later, “ƒ”¹…”popular’ nature of his art, Professor Goonetilleke provides fresh and original readings of all of the writer’s work.  This lucid and approachable study is an essential introduction to Salman Rushdie, rendering a notoriously “ƒ”¹…”difficult’ author accessible to students, scholars and general readers alike.

 D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, and has also held various academic posts in the UK and Europe.  He is a well-established critic of twentieth-century and postcolonial literature, and the leading authority on Sri Lankan English Literature.

 

8 Responses to “Sri Lankan scholar writes up-to-date book on world’s most controversial novelist”

  1. gunarat Says:

    This is not a review but a PR blurb for the second edition of a book on Rushdie.

    Who is professor Boyangoda? Why should we take his recommendation seriously without knowing anything about his background?

    Does anyone know anything about the personal background of professor Goonetilleke? Not a word has appeared about the human side of his life except on his relentless obsession with Conrad, Rushdie and a few other writers.

  2. ranjith Says:

    May be Boyagoda received some sort of kickbacks from certain sources.

  3. geoff Says:

    Gunarat,

    Here is some note about Randy Boyagoda.

    Very impressive profile.

    Soharn Randy Boyagoda (born 1976 in Oshawa, Ontario)[1] is a Canadian writer, critic, and scholar, whose debut novel, Governor of the Northern Province, was a longlisted nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2006.[2] His second novel, Beggar’s Feast, was published by Penguin Canada in April 2011. The novel won comparisons to The Great Gatsby and The Adventures of Augie March in a review that appeared in The Globe and Mail. Boyagoda also discussed the novel and its inspiration in a conversation with Shelagh Rogers, for CBC Radio’s book show, The Next Chapter.

    In addition to writing fiction, Boyagoda is also a newspaper and magazine writer who has contributed to publications such as Harper’s, The New York Times, The Walrus, The Globe and Mail and the National Post. He regularly appears on CBC Radio to discuss literature and current affairs. [1] He is an associate professor of American Studies in the English Department at Ryerson University in Toronto, and is writing a biography of Richard John Neuhaus, which will be published by Image Books, an imprint of Crown Publishing.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Boyagoda

    The book is written by D.C.R.A. Goonetilleke is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka, and has also held various academic posts in the UK and Europe. He is a well-established critic of twentieth-century and postcolonial literature, and the leading authority on Sri Lankan English Literature.

  4. geoff Says:

    Salman Rushdie is a very intelligent writer. He commands a lot of respect around the world. He predicted violence long before they actually happened.

    Today his enemies have all either died or chased away from power.

    Some fools could not stand his writing (freedom of expression) and threatened to kill him. Those people are in hell now.

  5. ranjith Says:

    Geoff,

    Rushdie is not only a good writer, also a good gentleman in a different platform. I wish you too could write controversial novels like him and expect to have a knighthood from the Queen.

    Ben Silva has already started. Many disagree of his survival of the fittest theories. His remarks about Buddhism really burns its followers.

    If he starts to write any gossip similar to that of Rushdie, then he will end up behind the bars like Sarah Malini Perera, former Buddhist writer.

    Geoff, some fools are in hell now, but your so called intelligent writer ended up in closed door hideouts with tax payers’ money for which many Britishers agitates.

    Anyhow, his freedom of expression and his unworthy knighthood are still valued by idiots.

  6. KingSasanka Says:

    I found someone who is not afraid of calling “Spade a spade” in Salman Rushdie’s writing and very intriguing the way he connects the seemingly loose ends at the end.

    Midnight’s Children is one of my favourites.

    Sasanka De Silva.

  7. ranjith Says:

    KingSasanka,

    You know me, I call a spade a spade and when I see someone behaving like an idiot, I tell them.

  8. aravinda Says:

    I just want to give my two cents. In The Satanic Verses, page 41, Vintage paperback edition, Rushdie is describing a dinner at Nusreen Chamchawala’s house.

    ” On Fridays the house was full of noise; there were musicians, singers, dancers and the latest Western hits as heard from Radio Ceylon, raucous puppet shows……….”

    Then, Indians were looking up to Radio Ceylon for latest hits, and now we are waiting for Bollywood hits. How the world has changed.

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