Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June 19 at Wilson's Almanac: Salman Rushdie

1947 Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (Kashmiri: अहमद सलमान रुशदी (Devanagari), احمد سلمان رشدی (Nastaleeq); play /sælˈmɑːn ˈrʊʃdi'), British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981.

Much of Rushdie's fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified as magical realism mixed with historical fiction, and a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western worlds.

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

In June 2007, Rushdie was appointed by Queen Elizabeth a Knight Bachelor for "services to literature". He holds the rank Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. He began a five-year term as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory University in 2007. In May, 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2008, The Times ranked Rushdie thirteenth on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". At time of writing, January, 2012, his latest novel is Luka and the Fire of Life, published in November last year. In 2010, he announced that he has begun writing his memoirs.


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