Salman Rushdie is an author, novelist, essayist and sometime critic.
He was born in Bombay (Mumbai) in 1947 and
currently lives in New York City. His breakthrough novel was Midnight's Children, which won the Booker Prize in 1981,
The Booker of Bookers in 1993 and The Best of the Booker in 2008.
He attained some notoriety after the publication of Satanic Verses
in 1989 when Ayatollah
Khomeini issued a fatwa prompting death threats from
Muslin extremists. Many people (including myself), believe Rushdie's essays
are finer than much of his fiction.
Yes, this is about Islam Rushdie's NYT Op-Ed on politicized Islam
- New York Times special feature on Rushdie has reviews of practically
all the novels and NYT stories on the Rushdie affair.
- Salon's numerous stories on Rushdie include some absolute gems:
- An interview conducted by Peter Kadzis in May 1999. From The
article describing Rushdie's visit to India in 2000.
Cronenberg interviews Salman Rushdie.
mailing list at USF
- Imaginative Maps: excerpts from a
conversation with Salman Rushdie, and Writing the Raj away: by Una Chaudhuri
the South Asian Literature mailing list.
- Rushdie's Un-Indian Music: The Ground Beneath Her Feet Christopher Rollason's essay
with Rushdie, in Dutch, from De
profile of Gandhi in Time
- Images of Bombay that would be
familiar to most Rushdie readers.
- A digest of stories about Rushdie in the
- The Rings of Growth, Kalpish Ratna's review of Step Across this Line.
- Review of Rushdie interview with Internet Talk Radio, the audio clip
of the interview itself has been removed from the server.
- Death, Mutilation and
Rebirth: The Migrant fiction of Salman Rushdie, Jason R. D'Cruz
- The Rushdie
Phenomenon: A Second Look, an essay by C.J.S. Wallia
- CBC has a couple of wonderful interviews with Rushdie on thier archive: Peter Gzowski: 1983, Eleanor Wachtel: 1999
- A spate of posts on Rushdie,
I've written to various Usenet newsgroups and mailing lists. Some of the
posts are in response to reviews of Rushdie's work.
- Mis/representations of Islam, Salman Rushdie and the 'Rushdie Affair'
an essay by Ismail Isa Patel
- Salman Rushdie and the Misrepresentation of Islam an essay by
The Tehran connection, article in Time magazine, March 21, 1994
- Marketing Satanic
Verses, "Publicity by Infamy"
- The Price of Oil, The Price of Life a commentary on the
"resolution" of the Rushdie Affair.
Rushdie's letter to Tasleema Nasreen
FEMINISM: news reports concerning Tasleema Nasreen.
Death to the author, article on Tasleema Nasreen in Time
magazine, August 15, 1994
- Ninth anniversary of fatwa against Salman an action alert at The International Freedom of Expression
stuns audience 26-100, article in MIT's The Tech concerning Rushdie's
surprise visit to MIT.
Verses is libel against Islam, article in MIT's The Tech
- Statement from Rushdie Defense Comittee, written by Don DeLillo and Paul Auster in Feb 1994
- The Iranian magazine
- Various State department reports mention the Rushdie affair, including the
Patterns of Global Terrorism series from 1993 and 1994
"I don't think there is a need for an entity like God in my
life." -- From an interview with David Frost.
"What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to
offend, it cease to exist." -- From
The Swedish "Censorship" Homepage
"I do not envy people who think they have a complete explanation
of the world, for the simple reason that they are obviously wrong."
--From an interview with David Frost (PBS)