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   Salman Rushdie
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Biography
Born in Bombay in 1947, he moved to England when he was 14 years old and finished school there. In 1968 he graduated from Cambridge and immediately decided to rejoin his family who, in the meantime had been exiled to Pakistan following the events of the Anglo-Indian war. He spent a short time working for a TV station in Karachi, but decided to return to England at the beginning of the Seventies. Initially he earned a living writing advertising texts and for ten years belonged to a theatrical group. He first published a short story entitled Grimus (1974), but it was with Midnight’s Children (1981) that he gained unexpected success with readers and critics alike also winning the Booker Prize. This was followed by the publication of Shame in 1983. In 1989 following the publication of the Satanic Verses, he was accused of blasphemy against Islam and a fatwa, effectively a death sentence, was issued by Iran’s Orthodox ayatollahs. This sentence obliged him to spend many years living in secret locations protected by the British government and the police. In addition to his novels and short stories, Rushdie also published an account of his travels in Sandinista Nicaragua entitled The Jaguar Smile and in 1990 a children’s book called Harun and the Sea of Stories.
In 1994 he was appointed the first president of the International Parliament of Authors and is currently its vice-president. He is a a Commander of Arts and Literature and a member of the Royal Society of Literature. He has also been awarded the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature. He recently married for the fourth time and lives in New York.
 
Comments about him

"Salman Rushdie is living evidence that the novel is still alive and kicking".
Sandro Veronesi

"We are proud to say that Rushdie has provided us with the best possible reasons for understanding and protecting the literary profession at the highest levels of creativity, imagination, intelligence and social responsibility".
Carlos Fuentes
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