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Salman Rushdie

Novelist Salman Rushdie

Profession: Novelist

Nationality:
United Kingdom
British
India
Indian

Why Famous: The Indian-born British writer is known for his allegorical works on historical subjects often set on the Indian subcontinent.

Rushdie published his first novel in 1975 but really came to international notice with his 1981 novel "Midnight's Children", which won the Booker Literary Prize.

The writer's fourth novel "The Satanic Verses" (1988) is his most controversial, for what was seen across the Islamic world as an irreverent depiction of the prophet Muhammad. Iran's Ayatollah Khomein pronounced a fatwa against Rushdie and a bounty was offered for his execution. As a result the author was placed under police protection for a number of years.

Rushdie continued to publish well-received short stories and novels including "Shalimar the Clown" in 2005 and "Quichotte" in 2019 which was nominated for the Booker Prize.

In 2007 Rushdie was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Born: June 19, 1947
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Age: 74 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Star Sign: Gemini

Married Life

  • 1993-03-02 Novelist Salman Rushdie (Satanic Verses) divorces Marianne Wiggins
  • 1997-08-28 British-Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie (50) weds Elizabeth West

Historical Events

  • 1989-01-14 1,000 muslims burn Salman Rushdies' "Satanic Verses" in Bradford, England
  • 1989-02-14 Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini issues a fatwa calling for the death of Salman Rushdie and his publishers due to his novel "Satanic Verses". A bounty is also placed on his head.
  • 1989-03-07 Iran drops diplomatic relations with Britain over Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses"
  • 1989-04-28 Iran protests sale of "Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie
  • 1990-06-27 Salman Rushdie, condemned to death by Iran, contributes $8600 to help their earthquake victims
  • 1990-12-05 British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie appears in public for 1st time in 2 years after Iran called for his assassination

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