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Sir (Ahmed) Salman Rushdie

(1947-), Novelist

Sitter in 7 portraits
Born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, Rushdie was sent to England at the age of fourteen to complete his education. Much of his work is set on the Indian subcontinent and combines magical realism and historical fiction. His novel Midnight's Children was a critical success and won him the Booker Prize (1981), whilst The Satanic Verses (1988) provoked a strong backlash globally from Muslim communities who considered it blasphemous. The book was banned in many countries and a fatwa was issued against Rushdie. He has also published a collection of non-fiction works, Step Across this Line (2002), and a memoir, Joseph Anton (2012). Recent novels include The Golden House (2017). He received a knighthood in 2007.

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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, 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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