Salman Rushdie

in Bombay, Bombay presidency, British India
June 19, 1947





The Satanic Verses (1988), novel of Indian-born British writer Salman Rushdie led Ruholla Khomeini, the ayatollah of Iran, to demand his execution and then forced him into hiding; his other works include Midnight's Children (1981), which won the Booker prize, and The Moor's Last Sigh (1995).

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie, a novelist and essayist, set much of his early fiction 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 led to some violent protests from Muslims in several countries. Faced with death threats and a fatwa (religious edic

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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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Midnight's Children

3.98 avg rating — 118,675 ratings — published 1981 — 243 editions
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The Satanic Verses

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Haroun and the Sea of Stori...

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The Enchantress of Florence

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The Moor's Last Sigh

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The Ground Beneath Her Feet

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Two Years Eight Months and ...

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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 3018 New School Poll

  101 votes, 34.2%

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, 647 pages, 1981
  70 votes, 23.7%

A Separate Peace by John Knowles, 208 pages, 1959
  50 votes, 16.9%

Native Son by Richard Wright, 504 pages, 1940
  38 votes, 12.9%

The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead, 225 pages, 1999
  36 votes, 12.2%


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