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Salman Rushdie


Salman Rushdie was born in Bombay in 1947. His father was a wealthy Muslim businessman. The partition of India and Pakistan took place the year of his birth but the family, which was very relaxed in its religious views, remained in Bombay. When he was thirteen he was sent to Rugby School in England for his education. He was not happy there, both because of racism and because he was not athletic. After Rugby he attended Cambridge University where he studied the history of Arabic and Islamic civilisation. Meanwhile his family had finally moved to Pakistan, living in Karachi, and Rushdie went there after graduation from Cambridge. However Government censorship persuaded him to return to England, in theory to take up a career in acting.

For the next ten years, he worked primarily in advertising, writing in his spare time. He also married his first wife. He tried his hand at various novels, before finally his first novel was published in 1975. It was not a success. His next novel – Midnight’s Children – was a big success and won the Booker Prize. This enabled him both to become a full-time writer and become a celebrity. He was continually on television, writing articles in the press and sought after for his views on topics such as India, immigration and other issues. He also became contentious, criticising the Thatcher government on many issues but also fighting, often publicly, with other pundits.

In 1988, he published The Satanic Verses, which soon became embroiled in controversy because of its portray of the Prophet Mohammed. It was soon banned in many Muslim countries and burned in many countries, including in Britain. The Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Rushdie. He went into hiding with his second wife, Marianne Wiggins. Wiggins soon left him and then divorced him. Rushdie tried to explain what he meant, to apologise and, finally, converted to Islam but the fatwa remained and, according to Iran sources, will remain in effect forever. Rushdie has appeared in public since then and continues to write, though his later works, while selling well, have not been as well received as his earlier works. He married the Indian actress, Padma Lakshmi but they are now divorced.

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1975 Grimus
1981 Midnight’s Children
1983 Shame
1987 The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey
1988 The Satanic Verses
1990 Haroun and the Sea of Stories
1992 Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981-1991
1994 East, West
1995 The Moor’s Last Sigh
1999 The Ground Beneath Her Feet
2001 Fury
2002 Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002
2005 Shalimar the Clown
2008 The Enchantress of Florence
2010 Luka and the Fire of Life
2012 Joseph Anton
2015 Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
2017 The Golden House
2019 Quichotte
2021 Languages of Truth (essays)
2023 Victory City (novel)
2024 Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder