Imaginary Homelands

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First edition of Imaginary Homelands (published by Granta in association with Penguin)

Imaginary Homelands is a collection of essays and criticism by Salman Rushdie.[1]

The collection is composed of essays written between 1981 and 1992, including pieces of political criticism – e.g. on the assassination of Indira Gandhi, the Conservative 1983 General Election victory, censorship, the Labour Party, and Palestinian identity – as well as literary criticism – e.g. on V. S. Naipaul, Graham Greene, Julian Barnes, and Kazuo Ishiguro among others.

The title essay – "Imaginary Homelands" – was originally published in the London Review of Books on 7 October 1982.[2] Comparing his work Midnight's Children to other works that draw on diaspora as a central theme, Rushdie argues that the migrant – whether from one country to another, from one language or culture to another or even from a traditional rural society to a modern metropolis – "is, perhaps, the central or defining figure of the twentieth century."[1]


  1. ^ a b Rushdie, Salman (1991). Imaginary Homelands – essays and criticism 1981-1991. London: Granta in association with Penguin. ISBN 9780140140361.
  2. ^ Rushdie, Salman (7 October 1982). "Imaginary Homelands". London Review of Books. Vol. 4, no. 18.