Sir (Ahmed) Salman Rushdie(1947-), Novelist
Sitter in 7 portraits
Indian-born British novelist, essayist and critic. Rushdie came from a prosperous Muslim family in Bombay (now Mumbai), at the age of fourteen he was sent to England to finish his education at Rugby School. Later he completed an MA in History at Cambridge. His 2nd novel Midnight's Children, a fable about modern India set in 1947, was a critical success and won him the Booker Prize (1981). His fourth novel The Satanic Verses (1988) provoked a strong backlash from Muslim communities who considered it blasphemous in it's portrayal of a character modelled on Prophet Muhammad and his teachings. This led to the book being banned in many countries and a fatwa being issued against him. Despite this controversy, Rushdie's books have been translated in over 40 languages, other works include The Moor's Last Sigh (1995), Fury (2001) and The Golden House (2017). Rushdie received a knighthood in 2007 and is based in New York and London.
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