Sir Salman Rushdie

(1947 / Mumbai)

Sir Salman Rushdie
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Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (born 19 June 1947) 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 ... more »

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  • ''Reality is a question of perspective; the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plausible it seems—but as you approach the present, it inevitably seems incredible.''
    Salman Rushdie (b. 1948), Indian-born British author. "All-India Radio," bk. 2, Midnight's Children (1981).
  • ''Names, once they are in common use, quickly become mere sounds, their etymology being buried, like so many of the earth's marvels, beneath the dust of habit.''
    Salman Rushdie (b. 1947), Indian-born British author. "Ayesha," The Satanic Verses (1988).
  • ''Such is the miraculous nature of the future of exiles: what is first uttered in the impotence of an overheated apartment becomes the fate of nations.''
    Salman Rushdie (b. 1948), Indian-born-British author. "Ayesha," The Satanic Verses (1988). Of the Imam exiled in London.
  • ''Whores and writers, Mahound. We are the people you can't forgive.''
    Salman Rushdie (b. 1948), Indian-born British author. "Famous satirist" Baal, in "Return to Jahilia," The Satanic Verses (1988). Mahound, Prophet ...
  • ''I hate admitting that my enemies have a point.''
    Salman Rushdie (b. 1948), Indian-born-British author. Hamza, in "Mahound," The Satanic Verses (1988).
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