The Question and Answer section for Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Khattam-Shud, which means "silence," is the novel's antagonist. He poisons the story streams of the Sea of Stories and captures Princess Batcheat.
Rushdie's rich mind pictures of an exotic world of water where living stories endlessly flow, blend, and mix have a deeper meaning He embeds commentary on censorship and pornography in the context of an ecological crisis. The villain admits he is...
"To give a thing a name, a label, a handle; to rescue it from anonymity, to pluck it out of the Place of Namelessness, in short to identify it -- well, that’s a way of bringing the said thing into being.” pg 63