Salman Rushdie is one of the most famous Indian origin authors. He is best known for the violent backlash his book The Satanic Verses (1988) provoked in the Muslim community. Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Khomenei issued a fatwa against Salman Rushdie, calling for his assassination, forcing Rushdie to go underground.
Salman Rushdie was born in Mumbai on June 19, 1947. When Rushdie was 17 his family migrated to Pakistan. Rushdie did his schooling from Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai, and Rugby School in Warwickshire. Salman Rushdie did his graduation in History from King’s College, Cambridge. Following an advertising career with Ayer Barker, Salman Rushdie became a full-time writer.
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Salman Rushdie began his writing career began with Grimus, which was published in 1975. He gained literary fame with his second novel “Midnight’s Children.” The book was awarded the ‘Booker of Bookers’ prize in 1993 after being selected as the best novel to be awarded the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. The novel narrates key events in the history of India through fiction. His third novel “Shame”, depicted the political turmoil in Pakistan with characters based on Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. Salman Rushdie’s latest novel was Shalimar The Clown. The novel was shortlisted for the 2005 Whitbread Novel Award.
Salman Rushdie has won many awards and honors. These include: Booker Prize for Fiction, James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Fiction), Arts Council Writers’ Award, “Booker of Bookers” or the best novel among the Booker Prize winners for Fiction, and Writers’ Guild Award.