Salman Rushdie is a British-Indian novelist. He has written ten novels, including "Midnight’s Children" (which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981) and "The Moor’s Last Sigh."
The publication of his fourth novel "The Satanic Verses" in 1988 led to violent protests in the Muslim world for its depiction of the prophet Mohammad. The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatolla Khomeini, issued a death fatwa against Rushdie, which sent him into hiding for almost a decade and resulted in countless death threats and assassination attempts.
In June 2007, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. In 2008 he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a Library Lion of the New York Public Library. In addition, "Midnight’s Children" was named the Best of the Booker—the best prize-winner in the award’s 40 year history—by a public vote. In 2008, The Times of London ranked Rushdie thirteenth on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945."
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