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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Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights A Novel
Written by Salman RushdieHardcover, 320 pages | Random House | Fiction - Magical Realism; Fiction - Literary; Fiction - Folklore | $27.00 | 978-0-8129-9891-7 (0-8129-9891-X)

From Salman Rushdie, one of the great writers of our time, comes a spellbinding novel that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story. A lush modern fairytale...

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Midnight's Children

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September 2015, Salman Rushdie
"His Favorite Books About Mythological Creatures: The magic realism master picks his top five in honor of Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, his new book about a family of jinn." ...More

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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

“Whenever someone who knows you disappears, you lose one version of yourself. Yourself as you were seen, as you were judged to be. Lover or enemy, mother or friend, those who know us construct us, and their several knowings slant the different facets of our characters like diamond-cutter's tools. Each such loss is a step leading to the grave, where all versions blend and end.”
Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet


2019 2nd Quarter Long Read Poll

  34 votes, 30.9%

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, 647 pages, 1981
  23 votes, 20.9%

  17 votes, 15.5%

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, 1088 pages, 1996
  16 votes, 14.5%

The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, 1182 pages, 1008
  13 votes, 11.8%

Hawaii by James A. Michener, 1136 pages, 1959
  7 votes, 6.4%


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