Self-Reflexive Narrative, Authorial Intrusion, and Salman Rushdie's Shame

[Added by George P. Landow, Professor of English and Art History, Brown University]

"Every story one chooses to tell is a kind of censorship, it prevents the telling of other tales. . . I must get back to my fairy-story, because things have been happening while I've been talking too much.

"On my way back to the story, I pass Omar Khayyam, my sidelined hero, who is waiting patiently for me to get to the point at which his future bride, poor Sufiya Zinobia, can enter the narrative, head-first down the birth canal" [72-73].

[Numbers refer to pages in the Aventura/Vintage edition (New York, 1984).]

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