A World Mapped By Stories

Photo by Mariusz Kubik

Controversial author Salman Rushdie spent a decade in hiding after his novel The Satanic Verses resulted in a deadly fatwa from Iranian dictator Khomeini. Now the Indian born novelist is the focus of an extraordinary public multi-media exhibition entitled “A World Mapped by Stories: the Salman Rushdie Archive” at Emory University.

The Atlanta university scored a literary coup in 2006 when it secured Rushdie’s personal archives. The collection includes his journals, manuscripts, first editions, letters, photos and drawings. but what’s truly special about the archive is the inclusion of the author’s digital patrimony: computers (including an early Mac), external hard drives, e-mails and eighteen gigabytes of data.

Emory is presenting a special hybrid exhibition mixing Rushdie’s traditional paper materials and digital archive. This revolutionary show offers a unique view of the writing process through the electronic life of a major figure in world literature. Rushdie’s work weaves together politics, pop culture, mythology, celebrity,religion and old-fashioned story telling.

Visitors to the exhibition have the unique opportunity to emulate the author’s writing process by logging onto his computers and tinkering with his digital manuscripts. But not to worry, this literary graffiti will disappear when you log off.

The show runs through September 26, 2010 at Emory’s Woodruff Library Schatten Gallery. For more information on the exhibition and the Rushdie Archive go to the library’s website .

Courtesy of the Rushdie Archives


Thanks to Atlanta Buzz for the story suggestion.

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