Salman Rushdie, 1947-

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Publication details of Midnight's Children:

Published in 1981, it won the Booker Prize.

Other literary works include:

Grimus (1975)
Shame (1983)
The Satanic Verses (1988)
The Moor's Last Sigh (1995)



19th June, 1947, Bombay, India.

Early years:

Rushdie was born to a middle-class Muslim family. His paternal grandfather was an Urdu poet, and his father was a Cambridge-educated businessman.


At the age of 14, Rushdie was sent to Rugby School, England, and he graduated from King's College, Cambridge, in 1968.


After graduating, he worked for a time in TV in Pakistan. He was also an actor at the Oval House in Kennington and from 1971 to 1981 Rushdie worked intermittently as a freelance advertising copywriter for Ogylvy and Mather, and Charles Baker. He won the Whitbread Award in 1988 with his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses. The publication was controversial and many muslim leaders called on his death by issuing a fatwa. The book was banned in India and South Africa. Since then, Rushdie has lived away from publicity, hiding from potential assassins, but he has continued to write and publish books. In September, 1998, the Iranian government announced that the State was not going to put into effect the fatwa or encourage others to do so. Rushdie decided to end his hiding and, in early 2000, he moved from London to New York.

Final years:




Rushdie-related web-sites:

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie: An Overview

Rushdie, Salman

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