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haroun and the sea of stories

            Salman Rushdie: Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990).
             Salman Rushdie was born 1947 in Bombay, India. He lived in England since 1961 where he attended a Rugby School. Later he received his MA from King's College, Cambridge. He worked as a copywriter for advertising agencies and as an actor.
             Salman Rushdie wrote his first novel in 1975 (Grimus), his second novel, Midnight's Children (1981) received the Booker prize. Later he was also awarded the Booker of Bookers" and received numerous other prizes. Rushdie went into hiding in 1989 after the Ayatollah Chomeni called the Fatwa on him for his alleged hypocrisy in The Satanic Verses (1988). He apologized to the faith of Islam in his essay "In Good Faith". In 1998 Iran ended the Fatwa, but Rushdie has still to fear for his life, because other groups have promised huge rewards for his death. Salman Rushdie now lives in New York. He is Honorary Professor in the Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His latest book is called Fury (2001).
             2. The Book.
             A little boy takes a journey to restore his father's storytelling.
             Haroun Khalifa lives in the country of Alifbay, in a city so sad its inhabitants have forgotten its name. In spite of the sadness, Haroun's father, Rashid, is extraordinarily cheerful. Rashid is a renowned storyteller. He knows so many stories and tells them so brilliantly that he is known as the "Ocean of Notions" and the "Shah of Blah.".
             One day, Rashid's wife leaves him and his storytelling dries up. Desperate to help his father, Haroun finds his way to Kahani, Earth's second moon kept invisible by a P2C2E -- a Process Too Complicated To Explain. Kahani is home to the Ocean of the Streams of Story, the source for all storytellers who subscribe, via a P2C2E, of course. The process is controlled by the Walrus, Grand Comptroller of Gup, a land of perpetual sunshine.
             Unfortunately, Khattam-Shud, the despotic leader of the dark and silent land of Chup is polluting the Ocean of the Streams of Story.

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