Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of nine novels: Grimus, Midnight’s Children (which was awarded the Booker Prize and the “Booker of Bookers” for the best novel to have won the prize in its first 25 years), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, and Shalimar the Clown. He is also the author of a book of stories, East, West, and three works of non-fiction: Imaginary Homelands, The Jaguar Smile, and Step Across This Line.

Salman Rushdie is the co-editor of Mirrorwork, an anthology of contemporary Indian writing, and has adapted Midnight’s Children for the stage. It was performed in London and New York by the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2004, an opera based upon Haroun and the Sea of Stories was premiered by the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center.

A Fellow of the British Royal Society of Literature, Salman Rushdie has received, among other honours, the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel (twice), the Writers’ Guild Award, the James Tait Black Prize, the European Union’s Aristeion Prize for Literature, Author of the Year Prizes in both Britain and Germany, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Budapest Grand Prize for Literature, the Premio Grinzane Cavour in Italy, the Crossword Book Award in India, the Austrian State Prize for European Literature and the London International Writers’ Award.

Salman Rushdie holds honorary doctorates and fellowships at six European and four American universities, is an Honorary Professor in the Humanities at M.I.T., and Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory University. He has received the Freedom of the City in Mexico City, Strasbourg, and El Paso, and the Edgerton Prize of the American Civil Liberties Union. He holds the rank of Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters – France’s highest artistic honour.

Between 2004 and 2006 he served as President of PEN American Center, and continues to work as President of the PEN World Voices International Literary Festival, which he helped to create. In June 2007 he received a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. His books have been translated into over forty languages. His newest novel, The Enchantress of Florence, was published in the spring of 2008.

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