Salman Rushdie

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Salman Rushdie
Rushdie at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party
Occupation Writer
Ethnicity Kashmiri Indian[1][2]
Citizenship British
Alma mater King's College, Cambridge
Children 2 sons


Salman Rushdie is a Indian author, who's most famous works are Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses, the latter causing uproar in Muslim Countries. For nearly 10 years, Rushdie remained underground, for fear of assassination. Only recently has Rushdie became more public.

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (Kashmiri: अहमद सलमान रुशदी (Devanagari), احمد سلمان رشدی (Nastaʿlīq); /sælˈmɑːn ˈrʊʃdi/;[3] born 19 June 1947[4]) is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981. Much of his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. He is said to combine magical realism with historical fiction; his work is concerned with the many connections, disruptions and migrations between East and West.

His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), was the centre of a major controversy, provoking protests from Muslims in several countries, some violent. Death threats were made against him, including a fatwā issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on 14 February 1989.

Rushdie was appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in January 1999.[5] In June 2007, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for his services to literature.[6] In 2008, The Times ranked him thirteenth on its list of the fifty greatest British writers since 1945.[7]

Since 2000, Rushdie has lived in the United States, where he has worked at Emory University and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he published Joseph Anton: A Memoir, an account of his life in the wake of the controversy over The Satanic Verses.


  1. Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie. The Independent. Retrieved on 2010-12-02. “Salman Rushdie the Kashmiri writes from the heart as he describes this dark incandescence.” 
  2. Cristina Emanuela Dascalu (2007) Imaginary homelands of writers in exile: Salman Rushdie, Bharati Mukherjee, and V.S. Naipaul p.131
  3. Pointon, Graham (ed.): BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names, 2nd edition. Oxford Paperbacks, 1990.
  4. British Council profile
  5. "Rushdie to Receive Top Literary Award", Chicago Tribune, 7 January 1999. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  6. "Birthday Honours List—United Kingdom", The London Gazette, Issue 58358, Supplement No. 1, 16 June 2007. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  7. "The 50 Greatest British Writers Since 1945". The Times, 5 January 2008. Retrieved 1 January 2010. Subscription required.
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