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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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Salman Rushdie, by Sally Soames - NPG P648

Salman Rushdie

by Sally Soames
bromide print, 1988
NPG P648

Salman Rushdie, by The Douglas Brothers - NPG P2008

Salman Rushdie

by The Douglas Brothers
platinum print, December 1988
NPG P2008

Salman Rushdie ('The Moor'), by Bhupen Khakhar - NPG 6352

Salman Rushdie ('The Moor')

by Bhupen Khakhar
oil on linen, 1995
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 6352

Salman Rushdie, by Mark Gerson - NPG x88247

Salman Rushdie

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, October 1981
NPG x88247

Salman Rushdie, by Mark Gerson - NPG x76351

Salman Rushdie

by Mark Gerson
bromide print, October 1981
NPG x76351

Salman Rushdie, by Bryan Adams - NPG x131937

Salman Rushdie

by Bryan Adams
bromide fibre print, July 2007
NPG x131937

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