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Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie Biography and Career:

Salman Rushdie was born on June 19, 1947, in Bombay, India. His grandfather was a well-known Urdu poet. From his childhood, he had been strongly influenced by literature.

In his teenages, Salman Rushdie moved to England for studying at the Rugby School, Warwickshire. After that, he entered the King's College. After graduating, he worked for popular ad companies as a copywriter.

He had always wanted to become a novelist and simple copywriting did not fulfil his dreams. In 1975, his first book, Grimus, was published. Based on mythologies of Hindu, Christian, Sufi and Norse, the book didn't receive the anticipated response from the public.

His next effort had its fruits. In 1981, the boo k, Midnight's Children, was published and it received huge responses. Rushdie also received the Booker Prize. The book has attained worldwide fame since its publication.

Rushdie's next book, Shame, was published in 1993 and won him the Best Foreign Book award at Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger. The book also ended in the 2nd position in run for the Booker Prize.

1987 saw Salman Rushdie's next book, The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey, being published. After that came The Satanic Verses, published in 1988. Due to profanity towards Islam, a fatwa was issued against Rushdie by Ayatollah Khomeini on February 14, 1989. Even a million-dollar prize was announced as the price of Rushdie's life. Rushdie went into hiding but claimed later that he never felt fear for being killed.

Salman Rushdie came back in scene when his book, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, was published in 1990 and was dedicated to Rushdie's son. For the rest of the 1990s, two more of Rushdie's books were published which include The Moor's Last Sigh, published in 1995 and, then, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, in 1999.
During the latter part of the 90s, Rushdie began appearing in public again. His next prominent work of literature was named Shalimar the Clown and was published in the year 2005. It received rave reviews and reached the final part of the race for the Whitbread Book Awards.

In 2007, he received the British knighthood for his work in the field of literature. After that, his next book, The Enchantress of Florence, was released.

Why is he famous?

Salman Rushdie is famous as an author mostly known for writing the book, The Satanic Verses, which was published in 1988.

Here is one of his famous quotes:

"Books choose their authors; the act of creation is not entirely a rational and conscious one."
- Salman Rushdie

Life in Brief:

- Being born on Jun 19, Salman is a Gemini.
- his ethnicity: Asian.
- his mother's name: Negin Butt Rushdie.
- his father's name: Anis Ahmed.

Salman Rushdie had studied at Rugby School and then he attended the King's College, Cambridge University (honors).

Salman dated Clarissa Luard (wife) and amongst other amorous encounters was Elizabeth West (wife).

Famous Why : The Satanic Verses.

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Date Added: 07 June '08

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