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English: Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Act of the Imagination

About the book

Set in an exotic Eastern landscape peopled by magicians and fantastic talking animals, Salman Rushdie's classic children's novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories inhabits the same imaginative space as The Lord of the Rings, The Alchemist, and The Wizard of Oz.

In this captivating work of fantasy from the author of Midnight’s Children and The Enchantress of Florence, Haroun sets out on an adventure to restore the poisoned source of the sea of stories. On the way, he encounters many foes, all intent on draining the sea of all its storytelling powers.

About the Author

Ahmed Salman Rushdie was born on June 19, 1947, in Bombay (now Mumbai), India. He was the son of a prosperous Muslim businessman. Rushdie was educated at Rugby School and the University of Cambridge in England, receiving a master’s degree in history in 1968. After university, he worked in London as an advertising copywriter, and he published his first novel Grimus in 1975. His next novel was Midnight’s Children (1981), an allegory about modern India. It was an unexpected success that won him international recognition and the Booker prize. 

The British government made him a knight in 2007. Rushdie won two special Booker prizes, voted on by the public, in 1993 and 2008, given in honor of the prize’s 25th and 40th anniversaries, respectively. Salman Rushdie was condemned to death by leading Iranian Muslim clerics in 1989 for allegedly blaspheming Islam in his novel The Satanic Verses. His case became the focus of an international controversy.

For further information on Salman Rushdie access his full biography in the Encyclopedia Britannica but clicking on the link below.