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Salman Rushdie (1947-), Novelist
Sir (Ahmed) Salman Rushdie
Sitter in 6 portraits
Author, novelist, essayist and critic, Rushdie was born in Bombay (Mumbai), India. At the age of fourteen Rushdie was sent to school in England, and continued his studies at King's College, Cambridge, where he read history. His novel Midnight's Children won the Booker Prize in 1981 and The Satanic Verses (1988) provoked the issuing of a Fatwa by Islamic Fundamentalists and sent the author into hiding. His other work includes The Moor's Last Sigh (1995), Fury (2001) and The Enchantress of Florence (2008). Well known as a writer who examines the crossings of borders, language, geography and culture, he is now based in New York and London. He received a knighthood in 2007.