Salman Rushdie

Novelist, Author

1947 –

48

Who is Salman Rushdie?

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children, 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, 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 1989.

Rushdie was appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in January 1999. In June 2007, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for his services to literature. In 2008, The Times ranked him thirteenth on its list of the fifty greatest British writers since 1945.

Since 2000, Rushdie has lived in the United States, where he has worked at Emory University and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he published Joseph Anton: A Memoir, an account of his life in the wake of the controversy over The Satanic Verses.

Famous Quotes:

  • Throughout human history, the apostles of purity, those who have claimed to possess a total explanation, have wrought havoc among mere mixed-up human beings.
  • 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.
  • A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.
  • If you want to tell the untold stories, if you want to give voice to the voiceless, you've got to find a language. Which goes for film as well as prose, for documentary as well as autobiography. Use the wrong language, and you're dumb and blind.
  • The real risks for any artist are taken in pushing the work to the limits of what is possible, in the attempt to increase the sum of what it is possible to think. Books become good when they go to this edge and risk falling over it --when they endanger the artist by reason of what he has, or has not, artistically dared.
  • Where there is no belief, there is no blasphemy.
  • The acceptance that all that is solid has melted into the air, that reality and morality are not givens but imperfect human constructs, is the point from which fiction begins.
  • Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one.
  • Literature is where I go to explore the highest and lowest places in human society and in the human spirit, where I hope to find not absolute truth but the truth of the tale, of the imagination and of the heart.
  • One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.

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Born
Jun 19, 1947
Mumbai
Also known as
  • Ahmed Salman Rushdie
  • Rushdie, Salman
  • Sir Salman Rushdie
  • Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie
  • अहमद सलमान रुशदी
  • احمد سلمان رشدی
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Atheism
Ethnicity
  • British Indian
Nationality
  • United Kingdom
  • India
Profession
Education
  • King's College, Cambridge
  • Rugby School
  • University of Cambridge
  • The Cathedral & John Connon School
Lived in
  • Mumbai

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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