Imaginary Homelands is a collection of essays written by Salman Rushdie. In addition to the title essay, the collection also includes “‘Commonwealth Literature’ Does Not Exist”. Salman Rushdie’s “Imaginary Homelands” is an essay that propounds an anti-essentialist view of place. Drawing from two political and several literary homelands, this collection presents a remarkable series of trenchant essays, demonstrating the full range and force of Salman Rushdie’s remarkable imaginative and observational powers.
With candour, eloquence and indignation he carefully examines an expanse of topics; including the politics of India and Pakistan, censorship, the Labour Party, Palestinian identity, contemporary film and late-twentieth century race, religion and politics. Elsewhere he trains his eye on literature and fellow writers, from Julian Barnes on love to the politics of George Orwell’s ‘Inside the Whale’, providing fresh insight on Kipling, V.S. Naipaul, Graham Greene, John le Carré, Raymond Carver, Philip Roth and Thomas Pynchon among others.