Salman Rushdie holds honorary doctorates and fellowships at six European and six American universities, is an Honorary Professor in the Humanities at M.I.T, and University Distinguished Professor at Emory University. Currently, Rushdie is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. Author of twelve novels, much of his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent. He is known for his narration style where he combines magical realism with historical fiction.
His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), created huge protests and still a major controversy,. Death threats were made against him, including a fatwā calling for his assassination issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, on 14 February 1989. The British government put Rushdie under police protection. Rushdie is still in Britain under protection. His Midnight’s Children was named the Best of the Booker – the best winner in the award’s 40 year history – by a public vote
Grimus, Midnight’s Children (which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown and The Enchantress of Florence, and Luka and the Fire of Life. His most recent novel, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, are his twelve famous novels.
His books have been translated into over forty languages. A film of Midnight’s Children, directed by Deepa Mehta, was released in 2012. Rushdie was born in Bombay, then British India, into a Muslim family.He is the son of Anis Ahmed Rushdie, a University of Cambridge-educated lawyer turned businessman, and Negin Bhatt, a teacher. Rushdie has three sisters. He wrote in his 2012 memoir that his father adopted the name Rushdie in honour of Averroes.