Salman Rushdie

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Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (; born 19 June 1947) is an Indian-born British-American novelist. His work often combines magic realism with historical fiction and primarily deals with connections, disruptions, and migrations between Eastern and Western civilizations, typically set on the Indian subcontinent. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Salman Rushdie has received more than 17,964,018 page views. His biography is available in 97 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 91 in 2019). Salman Rushdie is the 266th most popular writer (up from 454th in 2019), the 28th most popular biography from India (up from 51st in 2019) and the 6th most popular Indian Writer.

Salman Rushdie is most famous for his controversial novel The Satanic Verses. The book was condemned by the Ayatollah Khomeini, and Rushdie was forced into hiding.

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Notable Works

Satanic Verses
Fiction / General, Fiction / Literary
<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER</b> * <b>"[A] torrent of endlessly inventive prose, by turns comic and enraged, embracing life in all its contradictions. In this spectacular novel, verbal pyrotechnics barely outshine its psychological truths."--<i>Newsday</i></b><br> <br> <b>Winner of the Whitbread Prize</b><br> <br> One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, <i>The Satanic Verses</i> is Salman Rushdie's best-known and most galvanizing book. Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles, the story begins with a bang: the terrorist bombing of a London-bound jet in midflight. Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil. This is just the initial act in a magnificent odyssey that seamlessly merges the actual with the imagined. A book whose importance is eclipsed only by its quality, <i>The Satanic Verses</i> is a key work of our times.<br> <br> <b>Praise for <i>The Satanic Verses<br> <br></i></b>"Rushdie is a storyteller of prodigious powers, able to conjure up whole geographies, causalities, climates, creatures, customs, out of thin air."<b>--<i>The New York Times Book Review</i><br></b><br> "Exhilarating, populous, loquacious, sometimes hilarious, extraordinary . . . a roller-coaster ride over a vast landscape of the imagination."<b>--<i>The Guardian</i> (London)<br></b><br> "A novel of metamorphoses, hauntings, memories, hallucinations, revelations, advertising jingles, and jokes. Rushdie has the power of description, and we succumb."<b>--<i>The Times</i> (London)</b>


Among writers, Salman Rushdie ranks 266 out of 7,302Before him are Johannes V. Jensen, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Vladimir Mayakovsky, François de La Rochefoucauld, Jami, and Amos Oz. After him are Primo Levi, Arthur Miller, Anna Komnene, Walt Whitman, Bartolomé de las Casas, and Alcaeus of Mytilene.

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Among people born in 1947, Salman Rushdie ranks 16Before him are Brian Johnson, Dilma Rousseff, Florentino Pérez, Brian May, Josep Borrell, and Ali Abdullah Saleh. After him are James Hunt, Shirin Ebadi, Mario Draghi, Paul Auster, Takeshi Kitano, and Megawati Sukarnoputri.

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In India

Among people born in India, Salman Rushdie ranks 28 out of 1,861Before him are Swami Vivekananda (1863), Subhas Chandra Bose (1897), Valmiki (-80), Kālidāsa (400), Aryabhata (476), and Sariputta (-568). After him are Jahangir (1569), Adi Shankara (788), Aishwarya Rai (1973), Aurangzeb (1618), Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888), and Salman Khan (1965).

Among WRITERS In India

Among writers born in India, Salman Rushdie ranks 6Before him are George Orwell (1903), Rabindranath Tagore (1861), Rudyard Kipling (1865), Valmiki (-80), and Kālidāsa (400). After him are Tulsidas (1532), Ghalib (1797), Savitribai Phule (1831), Meera (1498), Premchand (1880), and William Makepeace Thackeray (1811).