After winning the prestigious Booker Prize for his second novel, Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie was honored by Booker twelve years later, when the same book was chosen as the best winner in the award’s first quarter century. But much of Rushdie's career has been clouded by a threatened death sentence from Iran for his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses.
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Also Known As:
Ahmed Salman Rushdie
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
June 19, 1947
Place of Birth:
Bombay, Maharashtra, India
M.A. in History, King's College, University of Cambridge
Booker McConnell Prize for Fiction for Midnight's Children, 1981 (named the best novel to win the Booker Prize in its first twenty-five years in 1993); Whitbread Prize for The Satanic Verses, 1988 and for The Moor's Last Sigh, 1995
|Rushdie is no media recluse. He spent three days on the set of the film Bridget Jones' Diary for a cameo as himself as a party guest, and appeared on stage with the rock band U2 in 1999 for their song "The Ground Beneath Her Feet," based on his novel of the same name.|
|The Best Book to Read First||Controversy Magnet|
Often heralded as Rushdie's masterwork, this contemporary history of India follows the lives of the 1,001 fictional children born in the first hour of the country's independence from Great Britain on Aug. 15, 1947. It not only won the Booker Prize in 1981, but won the "Booker of Bookers" 12 years later, judged to be the best book that had won in the Booker Prize's 25-year history.
|The Satanic Verses|
On Rushdie's infamous novel that garnered him a fatwa (a judicial decree sentencing him to death) from an offended Ayatollah in 1989, Bharati Mukherjee wrote in his review in The Village Voice, "Inevitably, the book will be characterized as bloated; I prefer to think of it as swollen with irritated life."
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