Salman Rushdie

Author of the Booker-winning Midnight's Children and of The Satanic Verses...

Salman Rushdie

Biography

Date of birth: 19 June 1947

Perhaps better known for the controversy surrounding the reception of his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie is one of the most celebrated Booker prize winners - having been voted ‘Book of Bookers’ (1993) and ‘Best of Bookers’ (2008), for his second novel Midnight's Children (or should that be the Best of Booker Bookers?)

Born in Bombay (now Mumbai) Salman moved to England at the age of fourteen to study, eventually leading to his enrolment at King's College, Cambridge.

Before finding fame as an author, Salman worked as a copywriter for an advertising agency – penning bubble word campaigns for Aero chocolate bars ("Adorabubble!"). Thankfully his foray into advertising was relatively short-lived and he published his debut, Grimus, in 1975. This was followed by the multi-award winning Midnight's Children which was described by critic Malcolm Bradbury as, "a new start for the late-twentieth-century novel." High praise indeed for the creator of the word "Irresistabubble".

Salman continued to garner critical acclaim with the publication of his third novel, Shame, then in 1988 he published The Satanic Verses, which lead to accusations of blasphemy against Islam and the issuing of a fatwa against Salman.

During the 9 years he spent in hiding, Salman lived under the pseudonym of Joseph Anton (the first names of Conrad and Chekov), in 2012 he released his memoirs about his years in hiding, entitled Joseph Anton.

Whilst the fatwa has never been officially withdrawn - Ayatollah Khomaini, who issued the fatwa, and is therefore the only person who can withdraw it, died in 1989 - Salman continues to make public appearances, and in 2007 was awarded a knighthood for services to literature in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Book and writing awards

Midnight's Children (Booker Prize for Fiction (1981), James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction (1981), Arts Council Writers' Award and the English-Speaking Union Award, (1993) Booker of Bookers, (2008) Best of Booker); Shame (Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger (1984)); The Satanic Verses (Whitbread Novel Award 1988); The Moor's Last Sigh (Whibread Novel Award 1995).

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Vikram Seth, Gunter Grass, Angela Carter, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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Joseph Anton

Joseph Anton

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From the author of The Satanic Verses and Midnight's Children, which was awarded the Best of the Booker Prize in 1993, comes an unflinchingly honest and fiercely funny account of a life turned upside-down. On Valentine's Day, 1989,...
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Midnight's Children

Midnight's Children (Paperback)

by Salman Rushdie

Format: Paperback 672 pages
Published: 01/05/2008
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Born at the stroke of midnight at the exact moment of India's independence, Saleem Sinai is a special child. However, this coincidence of birth... Read more

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The Ground Beneath Her Feet

The Ground Beneath Her Feet (Paperback)

by Salman Rushdie

Format: Paperback 592 pages
Published: 01/03/2000
Publisher: Vintage

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Vina Apsara, a famous and much-loved singer, is caught up in a devastating earthquake and never seen again. This is her story, and that of Ormus... Read more

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Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Paperback)

by Salman Rushdie

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 29/08/1991
Publisher: Penguin Books / Granta

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Heroin's father is the greatest of all storytellers. His magical stories bring laughter to the sad city of Alifbay. But one day something goes... Read more

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The Satanic Verses (Paperback)

by Salman Rushdie

Format: Paperback 560 pages
Published: 01/05/1994
Publisher: Consortium Inc

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East, West

East, West (Paperback)

by Salman Rushdie

Format: Paperback 192 pages
Published: 03/01/1998
Publisher: Vintage

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In these nine stories Salman Rushdie looks at what happens when East meets West, at the forces that pull his characters first in one direction, then... Read more

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Shalimar the Clown

Shalimar the Clown (Paperback)

by Salman Rushdie

Format: Paperback 416 pages
Published: 05/10/2006
Publisher: Vintage

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Los Angeles, 1991. Maximilian Ophuls is knifed to death on the doorstep of his illegitimate daughter India, slaughtered by his Kashmiri driver, a... Read more

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Fury

Fury (Paperback)

by Salman Rushdie

Format: Paperback 272 pages
Published: 20/09/2002
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From one of the world's truly great writers, Fury is a wickedly brilliant and pitch-black comedy about a middle-aged professor who finds himself... Read more

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The Moor's Last Sigh

The Moor's Last Sigh (Paperback)

by Salman Rushdie

Format: Paperback 448 pages
Published: 03/01/1998
Publisher: Vintage

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Moares 'Moor' Zogoiby is a 'high-born crossbreed', the last surviving scion of a dynasty of Cochinise spice merchants and crime... Read more

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Grimus

Grimus (Paperback)

by Salman Rushdie

Format: Paperback 336 pages
Published: 03/01/1998
Publisher: Vintage

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Flapping Eagle is a young Indian given the gift of immortality after drinking a magic fluid. Tiring of the burden of immortal life he sets off to... Read more

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Shame

Shame (Paperback)

by Salman Rushdie

Format: Paperback 288 pages
Published: 03/01/1998
Publisher: Vintage

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Omar Khayyam Shakil had three mothers who shared the symptoms of pregnancy, as they did everything else, inseparably. At their six breasts, Omar was... Read more

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Luka and the Fire of Life

Luka and the Fire of Life (Paperback)

by Salman Rushdie

Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 07/07/2011
Publisher: Vintage

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IMAGINE you are Luka, a twelve-year-old boy who has to save the life of the storyteller father you adore. IMAGINE you have two loyal companions by... Read more

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The Enchantress of Florence - Vintage Magic 3

The Enchantress of Florence - Vintage Magic 3 (Paperback)

by Salman Rushdie

Format: Paperback 464 pages
Published: 24/12/2005
Publisher: Vintage

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A tall, yellow-haired young European traveller calling himself 'Mogor dell'Amore', the Mughal of Love, arrives at the court of the real... Read more

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Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback 224 pages
Published: 29/08/1991
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The Jaguar Smile: Nicaraguan Journey

The Jaguar Smile: Nicaraguan Journey (Paperback)

by Salman Rushdie

Format: Paperback 160 pages
Published: 01/12/2000
Publisher: Vintage

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In this brilliantly focused and haunting portrait of the people, the politics, the land, and the poetry of Nicaragua, Salman Rushdie brings to the... Read more

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