The author asks in his new book: How much of our history is believable? How much of our memory is false? How much of historical truth is invented? Finally, …
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Roald Dahl Rewrites: Rather Than Bowdlerising Books on Moral Grounds We Should Help Children To Navigate History
Children’s books implicitly shape the minds of young readers – and are covertly censored in many ways. But revising occasional words will usually not shift the values regarded as …
New Passport Rankings Show That the World Is Opening Up – But Not for Everyone
A passport from the United Arab Emirates will get you into far more destinations than one from Afghanistan. Gaps like this have big implications for people’s ability to travel, …
Prelude to a Writer’s Death
Is it okay to mourn before someone’s death? What if that someone is a stranger? But can writers ever be a stranger to a reader?
Arundhati Roy on Things that Can and Cannot Be Said: The Dismantling of the World as We Know It
Solidarity, speaking up for others is more important than ever. But that too has become a perilous activity, says the acclaimed writer.
Why Rushdie’s ‘The Satanic Verses’ Remains So Controversial Decades After Publication
The novel goes to the heart of Muslim religious beliefs and challenges some of its most sensitive tenets.
Salman Rushdie and the Story of India
‘Midnight’s Children,’ a chronicle of a stabbing foretold.
How Salman Rushdie Has Been a Scapegoat for Complex Historical Differences
Rushdie, great writer and outspoken defender of writers’ freedom of expression, has been under a fatwa for more than 30 years. He’s set to recover from a shock stabbing …
Five Words That Don’t Mean What You Think They Do
How words change over time and why insisting that their original meaning be adhered to is silly.