Containing nine stories, this book looks at what happens when East meets West, at the forces that pull the characters first in one direction, then the other. Fantasy and realism collide as a rickshaw driver writes letters describing his film career in Bombay; a mispronunciation leads to romance; an unusual courtship in sixties London; and more.
Salman Rushdie is the author of seven novels: Grimus, Midnight's Children (which was awarded the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Prize), Shame (winner of the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger), The Satanic Verses (winner of the Whitbread Prize for best novel), Haroun and the Sea of Stories (winner of the Writer's Guild Award), The Moor's Last Sigh and The Ground Beneath Her Feet. He has also published a collection of short stories, East, West; a book of reportage, The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey; a volume of essays, Imaginary Homelands; and a work of film criticism, 'The Wizard of Oz'. Salman Rushdie was awarded Germany's Author of the Year award for his novel The Satanic Verses in 1989. In 1993, Midnight's Children was adjudged the 'Booker of Bookers', the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. In the same year he was awarded the Austrian Stat Prize for European Literature. He is also an Honorary Professor in the Humaities at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His books have been published in more than two dozen languages.