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Sir Salman Rushdie

Sir Salman Rushdie

Video recordings of Sir Salman Rushdie at the 2008 UND Writers Conference.

Salman Rushdie is one of the most successful, controversial, and celebrated authors of our time. Rushdie is the author of such international bestsellers as Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses. The latter was deemed sacrilegious by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, who issued a fatwa against Rushdie in 1989. Despite this proclamation, and the international controversy that followed, Rushdie went on to produce some of his most compelling work, including The Moor's Last Sigh and The Ground Beneath Her Feet, while living under the constant threat of death. His novel, Shalimar the Clown, was an international bestseller and a nominee for both the Man Booker Prize and the Commonwealth Writer's Prize. Rushdie is also a prolific essayist. Step Across This Line: Collected Non-Fiction, 1992-2002 contains many of Rushdie's most provocative articles, some of which explore his own reaction to the fatwa, as well as reactions of the media and various governments. Rushdie is the winner of numerous literary prizes and awards, including the prestigious Man Booker Prize, and the "Booker of Bookers" Award, which was awarded to the best Booker-winning novel of the prize's first 25 years, Midnight’s Children. Rushdie is also a recipient of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, and other top international honors from Budapest, Italy, and Austria. In 2007, Rushdie was officially knighted by the Queen for services to literature.

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