Salman Rushdie is a British-Indian essayist and fiction author. He first achieved fame with his second novel, “Midnight’s Children”, which won the prestigious Booker Prize. Rushdie is currently a professor at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States. Most of his fiction is set in the subcontinent of India.
Rushdie is best known for the violent reactions that his fourth novel, “The Satanic Verses”, provoked amongst the Muslim world community. After death threats and a fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini, calling for his assassination, he spent years underground, appearing in public only sporadically.
Many of Rushdie’s works have been critically acclaimed and commercially successful. His recent book, “Shalimar the Clown”, released in September 2005, was a finalist for the Whitbread Book Awards. He has also long mentored younger Indian (and ethnic-Indian) writers, and has influenced an entire generation of ‘Indo-Anglian’ writers. He has received many plaudits for his writings including the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. Rushdie was the President of PEN American Center from 2004-2006.
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