Salman Rushdie

in Bombay, India
June 19, 1947





Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist. Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world.

His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, led to protests from Muslims in several countries, some of which were violent. Faced with death threats and a fatwa (religious edict) issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Supreme Leader of Iran, which called for him to be killed, he spent nearly a decade largely underground, appearing in public only sporadically. In June 2007, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor for "services to litera

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What Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” Tells Us Now

Salman Rushdie for The New Yorker

Page-Turner, June 13, 2019

Photograph by Santi Visalli / Getty

Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” is humane enough to allow, at the end of the horror that is its subject, for the possibility of hope.

I first read “Slaughterhouse-Five” in 1972, three years after it was published and three years before I published my own first novel. I was twenty-five years o

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Quotes by Salman Rushdie  (?)
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“Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.”
Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

“What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”
Salman Rushdie

“I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I'm gone which would not have happened if I had not come.”
Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children


December 2014 New School Classics Poll

Which book would you like to read for our December 2014 New School Classics group read?

1963, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, 288 pages
  33 votes, 20.8%

1930, As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, 267 pages
  19 votes, 11.9%

  16 votes, 10.1%

  15 votes, 9.4%

1981, Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, 647 pages
  14 votes, 8.8%

  13 votes, 8.2%

1932, Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, 233 pages
  12 votes, 7.5%

  12 votes, 7.5%

1918, My Ántonia by Willa Cather, 232 pages
  11 votes, 6.9%

  10 votes, 6.3%

1940, Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton, 320 pages
  2 votes, 1.3%

1961, A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul, 623 pages
  1 vote, 0.6%

1992, Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth, 630 pages
  1 vote, 0.6%


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