Sir Salman Rushdie, FRSL (/sælˈmɑːn ˈrʊʃdi/; Kashmiri: अहमद सलमान रुशदी (Devanagari), احمد سلمان رشدی (Nastaʿlīq); born 19 June 1947) is a British Indian novelist and essayist. His second novel, Midnight’s Children (1981), won the Booker Prize in 1981. Much of his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. He is said to combine magical realism with historical fiction; his work is concerned with the many connections, disruptions, and migrations between Eastern and Western civilizations.
His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), was the centre of a major controversy, provoking protests from Muslims in several countries. Death threats were made against him, including a fatwā calling for his assassination issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on 14 February 1989, and as a result he was put under police protection by the British government.
Rushdie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Britain’s senior literary organisation, in 1983. He was appointed Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in January 1999 In June 2007, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for his services to literature. In 2008, The Times ranked him thirteenth on its list of the fifty greatest British writers since 1945
Since 2000, Rushdie has lived in the United States, where he has worked at Emory University and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he published Joseph Anton: A Memoir, an account of his life in the wake of the controversy over The Satanic Verses.
- Grimus (1975)
- Midnight’s Children (1981)
- Shame (1983)
- The Satanic Verses (1988)
- The Moor’s Last Sigh (1995)
- The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999)
- Fury (2001)
- Shalimar the Clown (2005)
- The Enchantress of Florence (2008)
- Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights (2015)
- Homeless by Choice (1992, with R. Jhabvala and V. S. Naipaul)
- East, West (1994)
- The Best American Short Stories (2008, as Guest Editor)
Essays and non-fiction
- The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey (1987)
- “In Good Faith”, Granta, 1990
- Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism, 1981–1991 (1992)
- “The Wizard of Oz: BFI Film Classics”, BFI, 1992.
- “Mohandas Gandhi.” Time, 13 April 1998.
- “Imagine There Is No Heaven.” , extracted contribution from Letters to the Six Billionth World Citizen, a UN sponsored publication in English by Uitgeverij Podium, Amsterdam. The Guardian, 16 October 1999.
- Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992–2002 (2002)
- “A fine pickle.” The Guardian, 28 February 2009.
- “In the South.” Booktrack, 7 February 2012
- Joseph Anton: A Memoir (2012)