Salman Rushdie

Novelist and Author of Pakistan and Indian Origin
Born Jun 19, 1947

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight's Children, won the Booker Prize in 1981. Much of his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified as magical realism mixed with historical fiction, and a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western worlds.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Salman Rushdie.


1947 Birth Born on June 19, 1947.


1976 29 Years Old Rushdie has been married four times. He was married to his first wife Clarissa Luard from 1976 to 1987 and fathered a son, Zafar (born 1979). … Read More


1981 34 Years Old …  His second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981. … Read More
1983 36 Years Old In 1983 Rushdie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the UK's senior literary organisation. … Read More


1987 40 Years Old Rushdie wrote a non-fiction book about Nicaragua in 1987 called The Jaguar Smile. … Read More
1988 41 Years Old 1 More Event
His most controversial work, The Satanic Verses, was published in 1988 (see section below). … Read More
Death threats were made against him, including a fatwā calling for his assassination issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on 14 February 1989. … Read More
1990 43 Years Old 1 More Event
He also wrote Haroun and the Sea of Stories in 1990. … Read More


2002 55 Years Old In his 2002 non-fiction collection Step Across This Line, he professes his admiration for the Italian writer Italo Calvino and the American writer Thomas Pynchon, among others. … Read More
2004 57 Years Old 1 More Event
Rushdie was the President of PEN American Center from 2004 to 2006 and founder of the PEN World Voices Festival.
2005 58 Years Old He opposed the British government's introduction of the Racial and Religious Hatred Act, something he writes about in his contribution to Free Expression Is No Offence, a collection of essays by several writers, published by Penguin in November 2005.
2006 59 Years Old 1 More Event
…  During the 2006 Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared that "If there had been a Muslim to carry out Imam Khomeini's fatwā against the renegade Salman Rushdie, this rabble who insult our Prophet Mohammed in Denmark, Norway and France would not have dared to do so. … Read More


2007 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2007 he began a five-year term as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he has also deposited his archives.
In May 2008 he was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. … Read More
2010 63 Years Old 1 More Event
Rushdie is a member of the advisory board of The Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organisation which provides daily meals to students of township schools in Soweto of South Africa. He is also a member of the advisory board of the Secular Coalition for America, an advocacy group representing the interests of atheistic and humanistic Americans in Washington, D.C. In November 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new liberal arts college that has adopted as its motto a Latin translation of a phrase ("free speech is life itself") from an address he gave at Columbia University in 1991 to mark the two-hundredth anniversary of the first amendment to the US Constitution. The publication of The Satanic Verses in September 1988 caused immediate controversy in the Islamic world because of what was seen by some to be an irreverent depiction of Muhammad. … Read More
In 2012, he published Joseph Anton: A Memoir, an account of his life in the wake of the controversy over The Satanic Verses. … Read More
2016 69 Years Old Rushdie supported the vote to remain in the EU during the United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, 2016
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