[20] Collaborating with musician Ronnie Bond, Rushdie wrote the words for an advertising record on behalf of the now defunct Burnley Building Society that was recorded at Good Earth Studios, London. "[78], In 1990, soon after the publication of The Satanic Verses, a Pakistani film entitled International Gorillay (International Guerillas) was released that depicted Rushdie as a villain plotting to cause the downfall of Pakistan by opening a chain of casinos and discos in the country; he is ultimately killed at the end of the movie. In 2004, an opera based upon Haroun and the Sea of Stories was premiered by the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center. [22][23][24], Rushdie's first novel, Grimus (1975), a part-science fiction tale, was generally ignored by the public and literary critics. Full Name: Ahmed Salman Rushdie Known For: Novelist, essayist Born: June 19, 1947 in Bombay, India (now Mumbai) Parents: Anis Ahmed Rushdie and Negin Bhatt Education: King's College, University of Cambridge Selected Works: Grimus (1975), Midnight’s Children (1981), The Satanic Verses (1988), Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990), Quichotte (2019) Selected Awards and Honors: Booker … Distinguished author Salman Rushdie spoke at FFRF’s national convention in San Francisco on Nov. 2, 2018. Rushdie is a self-professed humanist, believing that reading and writing is a pathway for understanding human existence. The New Yorker - The author reads his story from the November 23, 2020, issue of the magazine. The Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is quoted as saying in an audio recording that UK's award for Kashmiri-born Rushdie was "an insult to Islam", and it was planning "a very precise response. In June 2007 he received a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Rushdie has had a string of commercially successful and critically acclaimed novels. And through that argument you change your mind sometimes.… And that's how societies grow. That you constantly argue about the stories. Those stories are considered to be treated reverentially. Rushdie supported the 1999 NATO bombing of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, leading the leftist Tariq Ali to label Rushdie and other "warrior writers" as "the belligerati. Rushdie has mentored younger Indian (and ethnic-Indian) writers, influenced an entire generation of Indo-Anglian writers, and is an influential writer in postcolonial literature in general. Not much to celebrate this August 15th", "Interview with Salman Rushdie: Kashmir, Paradise Lost - Qantara.de", "Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie", "Salman Rushdie collected news and commentary", Stuart A. Parliamentarians of several of these countries condemned the action, and Iran and Pakistan called in their British envoys to protest formally. "[131] He has previously referred to crackdowns in Indian-administered Kashmir as pretexts for rape and brutalization by Indian authorities, further describing it as:[132]. Written in the shadow of the fatwa, it is about the dangers of story-telling and an allegorical defence of the power of stories over silence.[9]. It looks very much as if Amnesty's leadership is suffering from a kind of moral bankruptcy, and has lost the ability to distinguish right from wrong. [44], Rushdie collaborated on the screenplay for the cinematic adaptation of his novel Midnight's Children with director Deepa Mehta. Salman Rushdie is a British-Indian novelist best known for the novels 'Midnight's Children' and 'The Satanic Verses,' for which he was accused of blasphemy against Islam. Between 2004 and 2006 he served as President of PEN American Center and for ten years served as the Chairman of the PEN World Voices International Literary Festival, which he helped to create. Grimus is the first novel by Salman Rushdie and it has been described as a science fiction/fantasy novel. "[58], The publication of the book and the fatwā sparked violence around the world, with bookstores firebombed. In 2010, U2 bassist Adam Clayton recalled that "lead vocalist Bono had been calling Salman Rushdie from the stage every night on the Zoo TV tour. Mazeh's mother was invited to relocate to Iran, and the Islamic World Movement of Martyrs' Commemoration built his shrine in the cemetery that holds thousands of Iranian soldiers slain in the Iran–Iraq War. New books by acclaimed writers Salman Rushdie and Margaret Atwood are among 13 long-listed for the 2019 Booker Prize, one of the foremost in the English literary world. 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