Born: June 19, 1947
Achievement: Awarded the 'Booker of Bookers' prize in 1993 for
his novel "Midnight's Children"
Salman Rushdie is one of the most famous Indian origin authors. He is
best known for the violent backlash his book The Satanic Verses (1988)
provoked in the Muslim community. Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah
Khomenei issued a fatwa against Salman Rushdie, calling for his
assassination, forcing Rushdie to go underground.
Salman Rushdie was born in Mumbai on June 19, 1947. When Rushdie was 17
his family migrated to Pakistan. Rushdie did his schooling from
Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai, and Rugby School in
Warwickshire. Salman Rushdie did his graduation in History from King's
College, Cambridge. Following an advertising career with Ayer Barker,
Salman Rushdie became a full-time writer.
Rushdie began his writing career began with Grimus, which was published
in 1975. He gained literary fame with his second novel "Midnight's
Children." The book was awarded the 'Booker of Bookers' prize in
1993 after being selected as the best novel to be awarded the Booker
Prize in its first 25 years. The novel narrates key events in the
history of India through fiction. His third novel "Shame",
depicted the political turmoil in Pakistan with characters based on
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. Salman Rushdie's
latest novel was Shalimar The Clown. The novel was shortlisted for the
2005 Whitbread Novel Award.
Salman Rushdie has won many awards and honors. These include: Booker
Prize for Fiction, James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Fiction), Arts
Council Writers' Award, "Booker of Bookers" or the best novel
among the Booker Prize winners for Fiction, and Writers' Guild Award.