Salman Rushdie(1947-), Novelist
Sir (Ahmed) Salman Rushdie
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.
- Zafir Rushdie (son)
Become a Member
Enjoy access to special events, discounts on the Gallery online shop, supporters’ updates and much more
Bringing people together by sharing the portraits and stories of the men and women who have shaped our nation.
Sign up to receive information on exhibitions, collections and activities of the National Portrait Gallery, including special offers, shop products, and exclusive competitions.