Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a political allegory written by famous and infamous British-Indian writer Salman Rushdie in 1990. Set in an exotic Eastern landscape peopled by magicians and fantastic talking animals, Rushdie’s classic children’s novel inhabits the same imaginative space as Gulliver’s Travels, Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz. This is the phantasmagorical story of Haroun, a 12-year-old boy whose father, Rashid, is the greatest storyteller in a city so old and ruinous that it has forgotten its name. When the gift of gab suddenly deserts Rashid, Haroun sets out on an adventure to rescue his print. On the way, he encounters many foes, all intent on draining the sea of all its storytelling powers. Haroun and the Sea of Stories was Rushdie’s fourth novel after The Satanic Verses. Dedicated to his son, Rushdie wrote this life-sustaining text while he endured the restrictive, terrorizing, crazy-making and mostly silencing regimen of enforced seclusion (all but for the British special forces protecting him and literally living with him—he actually never experienced more intrusive and artistically inhibitive and prohibitive interference in his life), the disorientation of perpetual moving during the fatwa decade that Rushdie says “cost him two novels” as well as the wrenching heartbreak of enforced separation from his child to protect both of them.

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