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Rushdie, Salman. STEP ACROSS THIS LINE: COLLECTED NONFICTION 1992-2002. New York City, NY: Random House, 2002. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 402 pages. As New/As New. Signed.

The author's second collection of essays. The First Hardcover Edition. Published simultaneously with the British Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. One of the author's most critically acclaimed works, proving once again that Salman Rushdie's imagination has a strong polemical and "essayistic" bent. "Deals with the response of the media, various governments, and Rushdie himself to what he calls the 'unfunny Valentine' he received on February 14, 1989 from the Ayatollah Khomeini: The fatwa calling for his death. Everyone, it seems, had a script for Rushdie to follow, though none of these fantasies resembled the rather simple one the author fancied (and which seems to have been realized), which is that his problems gradually disappear and he be allowed to resume a more or less normal writerly life. To paraphrase an idea that appears in several of these essays, the problem is that frontiers cross us rather than the other way around: We are going about our business when our country is divided (as happened to Rushdie's native India in 1947). We encounter a work of art as our enemies declare they will kill us. Many respond to unnerving changes by embracing religion, but, says Rushdie, 'ancient wisdoms are modern nonsenses'. In place of sectarian fervor, he recommends intellectual freedom, a simple concept yet a rigorous practice. These essays also range over literature, politics, and religion as well as Rushdie's two private passions, rock n' roll and soccer. They are united by a play of sparkling intelligence seasoned with sly wit, qualities that would serve the world at any time in its long, flawed history. After all, says Rushdie, the story he loved first and still loves best, perhaps the story of all humanity, is 'The Wizard of Oz', a fable that tells us the grown-up world doesn't really work, that adults can be good people and still be bad wizards" (Publishers Weekly). A "must-have" title for Salman Rushdie collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black marker on the title page by Salman Rushdie. This title is now collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1981 for "Midnight's Children", which was also selected as "The Booker of Bookers" in 1993, the best of all previous winners. One of the finest living writers. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SALMAN RUSHDIE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0679463348. $70.00

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