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Sunday, April 17, 2005


PEN and the Sword

Salman Rushdie, President of PEN America, is this week's author of The NYT Book Review's back page Essay, The PEN and the Sword.

Rushdie talks of coming to New York in January 1986 for the 48th Congress of International PEN. He writes that,

"As one of the younger participants I was more than a little awestruck. Brodsky, Grass, Oz, Soyinka, Vargas Llosa, Bellow, Carver, Doctorow, Morrison, Said, Styron, Updike, Vonnegut and Mailer himself were some of the big names reading ... "
In the course of the article, Rushdie mentions other literary figures, which prompted my breakfast companion to teasingly test me on crossed paths with my own bookish background:

Secker & Warburg authors

  • Günther Grass
  • Amos Oz
  • Wole Soyinka
  • Saul Bellow
  • J.M. Coetzee
  • Cynthia Ozick

UK Book Marketing Council

  • Elizabeth Hardwick (1993 Authors USA promotion)

André Deutsch author

  • John Updike

Even I was slightly taken aback at the tally.

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