Born In: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
One of the most popular and controversial writers of the 20th century, Salman Rushdie is a British Indian essayist and novelist. He has authored several novels and short stories in his life, which continues to attract the interest of both critics and public. His ability to combine magical realism with historical fiction is an exceptional quality which makes him a truly unique writer. Most of the works written by him are set against the backdrop of Indian subcontinent and mostly contain themes like migrations. Bit by the writing bug at the tender age of five, Rushdie’s foray into the world of literature was in the year 1975. Though his first book did not garner much positive response, Rushdie made a strong comeback with his second novel which not only gained him international fame and recognition but also brought equivalent commercial and critical success. Since then, there has been no looking back for this excellent writer who continues to allure his readers through his numerous novels, short stories, and non-fiction. It was Rushdie’s fourth novel ‘The Satanic Verses’ that enraged the Muslim community across the globe to such an extent that Ayatollah Khomeini issued a ‘fatwa’ or a death sentence against him. Despite the criticism and threat, Rushdie continued writing and released several books and novels. For his immense contribution in the field of literature, Rushdie is the proud recipient of several prestigious awards, honorary doctorates, and fellowships. Salman Rushdie was attacked on August 12, 2022, while he was about to speak at an event in Chautauqua, New York. A man rushed onto the stage and stabbed him several times, just before he was about to deliver a speech.
Also Known As: Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie
Spouse/Ex-: Clarissa Luard (m. 1976–1987), Elizabeth West (m. 1997–2004), Marianne Wiggins (m. 1988–1993), Padma Lakshmi (m. 2004–2007)
father: Anis Ahmed Rushdie
mother: Negin Bhatt
children: Milan Rushdie, Zafar Rushdie
Born Country: India
Ancestry: Indian American
Notable Alumni: John Connon School, King's College, Cambridge, Rugby School
Grouping of People: Muslims
City: Mumbai, India
education: Rugby School, King's College, Cambridge, John Connon School
awards: 1981 · Midnight's Children - Booker Prize
2008 · Midnight's Children - The Best of the Booker
2010 - Common Wealth Award of Distinguished Service
Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award
2009 - St. Louis Literary Award
1981 · Midnight's Children - James Tait Black Memorial Prize - Fiction
2013 · Midnight's Children - Canadian Screen Award for Adapted Screenplay
1995 · The Moor's Last Sigh - Costa Novel Award
1996 - Aristeion Prize for European Literary
1992 · Harun Aur Kahaniyo Ka Samunder - Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature
Rushdie first tied the nuptial knot in the year 1976 to Clarissa Luard. The couple was blessed with a son named Zafar in 1980. The alliance, however, did not last long and the two separated in the year 1987.
Following the divorce, Rushdie entered into a wedlock with American novelist Marianne Wiggins in 1988. This marriage too did not work out as the two separated in 1993.
In 1989, Rushdie survived an assassination attempt as a man later identified as Mustafa Mahmoud Mazeh blew himself with an aim to kill Rushdie. A book bomb loaded with RDX explosives exploded prematurely, causing the death of Mazeh.
Rushdie lives in New York City since 2000. He underwent an operation to correct ptosis, a tendon condition that causes drooping eyelids. The condition was making it increasingly difficult for him to open his eyes.
Salman Rushdie was stabbed by an attacker on August 12, 2022, in Chautauqua, New York, just before he was about to begin a speech. He suffered damage to several nerves in an arm and his liver too. One of his eyes was also severely damaged. The New York state police identified the attacker as Hadi Matar, hailing from New Jersey.
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