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Salman Rushdie

Datum narození: 19. červen 1947

Sir Salman Rushdie [rušdi] je indicko-britský spisovatel. Proslavil se svým druhým románem Děti půlnoci , který v roce 1981 získal Bookerovu cenu. Velká část jeho rané prózy se odehrává na indickém subkontinentu. Rushdieho styl psaní bývá často označován jako magický realismus s historickou fikcí a mezi hlavní témata jeho díla patří propojení, rozkoly a přesuny mezi východním a západním světem. V letech 1993 a 2001 navštívil Prahu.

V červnu 2007 byl Rushdiemu udělen rytířský titul za zásluhy o literaturu, dále je nositelem řádu Commandeur francouzského Řádu umění a literatury. V roce 2007 zahájil pětileté působení jakožto hostující spisovatel na americké Emory University a v květnu 2008 byl zvolen do Americké akademie umění a literatury. Wikipedia

Díla

Děti půlnoci
Salman Rushdie

„Zaměstnáním básníka je pojmenovat nepojmenovatelné, poukázat na podvody, přidat se na něčí stranu, začít debaty, utvářet svět a zabránit mu, aby usnul.“

—  Salman Rushdie

Zdroj: [Zdravé rouhání: Nonkonformistické diskursy v Rushdiem a Bulgakovovi, literarni.cz, 2011-05-21, 2011-03-03, http://www.literarni.cz/rubriky/aktualni/clanky/zdrave-rouhani-nonkonformisticke-diskursy-v-rushdiem-a-bulgakovovi_7942.html]

„Už mám dost toho, že své přátele a kamarády nacházím ve sloupcích nekrologů. Mohli by všichni, prosím, chvilku zůstat naživu?“

—  Salman Rushdie

Zdroj: [Výroky světových politiků a osobností k úmrtí Václava Havla, ceskenoviny.cz, 2011-12-18, 2011-12-21, http://www.ceskenoviny.cz/zpravy/vyroky-svetovych-politiku-a-osobnosti-k-umrti-vaclava-havla/730328&id_seznam=]

„Potřeboval jsem půlku života, na to abych si uvědomil, že apologia pro vita sua velkého Oza se stejně tak hodí na mého otce - že i on byl dobrý člověk, ale špatný čaroděj.“

—  Salman Rushdie

Zdroj: [Toteberg, Michael, 2005, Lexikon světového filmu, Orpheus, Praha-Litvínov, 83, 80-903310-7-6]
o filmu Čaroděj ze země Oz

„Things, even people have a way of leaking into each other like flavours when you cook.“

—  Salman Rushdie, kniha Děti půlnoci

Zdroj: Midnight's Children

„A sigh isn't just a sigh. We inhale the world and breathe out meaning. While we can. While we can.“

—  Salman Rushdie, kniha The Moor's Last Sigh

Zdroj: The Moor's Last Sigh

„A photograph is a moral decision taken in one eighth of a second.“

—  Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Zdroj: The Ground Beneath Her Feet

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

—  Salman Rushdie

As quoted in "The right to be downright offensive" by Jonathan Duffy in BBC News Magazine (21 December 2004) http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/4114497.stm

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

—  Salman Rushdie, kniha The Satanic Verses

Zdroj: The Satanic Verses

„There is a point beyond which conciliation looks like capitulation. I do not believe I passed that point, but others have thought otherwise.“

—  Salman Rushdie

Address at Columbia University (1991)
Kontext: Ibn Rushd's ideas were silenced in their time. And throughout the Muslim world today, progressive ideas are in retreat. Actually Existing Islam reigns supreme, and just as the recently destroyed "Actually Existing Socialism" of the Soviet terror-state was horrifically unlike the utopia of peace and equality of which democratic socialists have dreamed, so also is Actually Existing Islam a force to which I have never given in, to which I cannot submit.
There is a point beyond which conciliation looks like capitulation. I do not believe I passed that point, but others have thought otherwise.

„The Satanic Verses is for change-by-fusion, change-by-conjoining. It is a love song to our mongrel selves.“

—  Salman Rushdie, kniha Imaginary Homelands

Imaginary Homelands (1992)
Kontext: Those who oppose the novel most vociferously today are of the opinion that intermingling with a different culture will inevitably weaken and ruin their own. I am of the opposite opinion. The Satanic Verses celebrates hybridity, impurity, intermingling, the transformation that comes of new and unexpected combinations of human beings, cultures, ideas, politics, movies, songs. It rejoices in mongrelization and fears the absolutism of the Pure. Melange, hotchpotch, a bit of this and a bit of that is how newness enters the world. It is the great possibility that mass migration gives the world… The Satanic Verses is for change-by-fusion, change-by-conjoining. It is a love song to our mongrel selves.

„It’s fun to read things when you don't know all the words. Even children love it.“

—  Salman Rushdie

Salon interview (1996)
Kontext: It’s fun to read things when you don't know all the words. Even children love it. One of the things any great children’s writer will tell you is that children like it if in books designed for their age group there is a vocabulary just slightly bigger than theirs. So they come up against weird words, and the weird words excite them. If you describe a small girl in a story as “loquacious,” it works so much better than “talkative.” And then some little girl will read the book and her sister will be shooting her mouth off and she will say to her sister, “Don't be so loquacious.” It is a whole new weapon in her arsenal.

„And if that plunges me into contradiction and paradox, so be it; I've lived in that messy ocean all my life. I've fished in it for my art.“

—  Salman Rushdie

Address at Columbia University (1991)
Kontext: "Our lives teach us who we are." I have learned the hard way that when you permit anyone else's description of reality to supplant your own — and such descriptions have been raining down on me, from security advisers, governments, journalists, Archbishops, friends, enemies, mullahs — then you might as well be dead. Obviously, a rigid, blinkered, absolutist world view is the easiest to keep hold of, whereas the fluid, uncertain, metamorphic picture I've always carried about is rather more vulnerable. Yet I must cling with all my might to … my own soul; must hold on to its mischievous, iconoclastic, out-of-step clown-instincts, no matter how great the storm. And if that plunges me into contradiction and paradox, so be it; I've lived in that messy ocean all my life. I've fished in it for my art. This turbulent sea was the sea outside my bedroom window in Bombay. It is the sea by which I was born, and which I carry within me wherever I go.
"Free speech is a non-starter," says one of my Islamic extremist opponents. No, sir, it is not. Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.

„Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.“

—  Salman Rushdie

Address at Columbia University (1991)
Kontext: "Our lives teach us who we are." I have learned the hard way that when you permit anyone else's description of reality to supplant your own — and such descriptions have been raining down on me, from security advisers, governments, journalists, Archbishops, friends, enemies, mullahs — then you might as well be dead. Obviously, a rigid, blinkered, absolutist world view is the easiest to keep hold of, whereas the fluid, uncertain, metamorphic picture I've always carried about is rather more vulnerable. Yet I must cling with all my might to … my own soul; must hold on to its mischievous, iconoclastic, out-of-step clown-instincts, no matter how great the storm. And if that plunges me into contradiction and paradox, so be it; I've lived in that messy ocean all my life. I've fished in it for my art. This turbulent sea was the sea outside my bedroom window in Bombay. It is the sea by which I was born, and which I carry within me wherever I go.
"Free speech is a non-starter," says one of my Islamic extremist opponents. No, sir, it is not. Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.

„So they come up against weird words, and the weird words excite them.“

—  Salman Rushdie

Salon interview (1996)
Kontext: It’s fun to read things when you don't know all the words. Even children love it. One of the things any great children’s writer will tell you is that children like it if in books designed for their age group there is a vocabulary just slightly bigger than theirs. So they come up against weird words, and the weird words excite them. If you describe a small girl in a story as “loquacious,” it works so much better than “talkative.” And then some little girl will read the book and her sister will be shooting her mouth off and she will say to her sister, “Don't be so loquacious.” It is a whole new weapon in her arsenal.

„I know that many people do care, and are appalled by the … upside-down logic of the post-fatwa world, in which a … novelist can be accused of having savaged or "mugged" a whole community, becoming its tormentor (instead of its … victim) and the scapegoat for … its discontents… . (What minority is smaller and weaker than a minority of one?)“

—  Salman Rushdie

Address at Columbia University (1991)
Kontext: For many people, I've ceased to be a human being. I've become an issue, a bother, an "affair." … And has it really been so long since religions persecuted people, burning them as heretics, drowning them as witches, that you can't recognize religious persecution when you see it? … What is my single life worth? Despair whispers in my ear: "Not a lot." But I refuse to give in to despair … because … I know that many people do care, and are appalled by the … upside-down logic of the post-fatwa world, in which a … novelist can be accused of having savaged or "mugged" a whole community, becoming its tormentor (instead of its … victim) and the scapegoat for … its discontents…. (What minority is smaller and weaker than a minority of one?)

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