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Salman Rushdie$
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Andrew Teverson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719070501

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719070501.001.0001

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Biographical contexts

Biographical contexts

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(p.67) 5 Biographical contexts
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Salman Rushdie
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Andrew Teverson

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719070501.003.0005

If the reservoir of Rushdie's imaginative resources is substantially fed by stories drawn from the complex intertextual sea of world narrative, it is also generously topped up by events taken from his own biography and family history. This chapter discusses how Rushdie freely adapts autobiographical elements to suit the demands of a fiction that is more concerned to use elements of fantasy to dramatise the experience of pre- and post-colonial India than it is to offer a veracious account of his childhood.

Keywords:   Salman Rusdie, biography, family history, fantasy

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