Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Salaman Rusdie

The author of my ISU novel, Salaman Rushdie is a British Indian novelist. His second book, Midnight's Children won the Booker Prize in 1981. His books combine magic realism and historical fiction. His fourth novel The Satanic Verses (1988) however, made Salaman Rushdie famous, and not in the good way. It was the centre of controversy, and provoked protests from Muslims in several countries, and on February 14th, 1989, a fatwa was placed on him, by the Supreme Leader of Iran. A fatwa is essentially the straight ticket to heaven, if you kill this person. Since 2000 Rusdie has lived in America and in 2007 Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for his writing. He has also been named thirteenth out of 50 greatest British writers. Salaman Rushdie's writing style is very descriptive, and is often complicated to read, however, that should not stop you from picking up a copy of one of his fantastic books.

1 comment:

  1. What did he write about in The Satanic Verses to have the Ayatollah issue a fatwa? I don't know the plot of this novel? What does he say that upset so many Muslims?