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Salman Rushdie

Biography

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of twelve novels --- GRIMUS, MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), SHAME, THE SATANIC VERSES, HAROUN AND THE SEA OF STORIES, THE MOOR’S LAST SIGH, THE GROUND BENEATH HER FEET, FURY, SHALIMAR THE CLOWN, THE ENCHANTRESS OF FLORENCE, LUKA AND THE FIRE OF LIFE and TWO YEARS EIGHT MONTHS AND TWENTY-EIGHT NIGHTS --- and one collection of short stories: EAST, WEST. He has also published four works of nonfiction --- JOSEPH ANTON, THE JAGUAR SMILE, IMAGINARY HOMELANDS and STEP ACROSS THIS LINE --- and co-edited two anthologies, MIRRORWORK and BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.

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Salman Rushdie

Books by Salman Rushdie

by Salman Rushdie - Culture, Fiction, Politics

On the day of Barack Obama’s inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in “the Gardens,” a community in New York’s Greenwich Village. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya; Apu, the flamboyant artist; and D, harboring a secret even from himself. There is no mother, no wife; at least not until Vasilisa, a sleek Russian expat, snags Nero, becoming the queen to his king. Our guide to the Goldens’ world is their neighbor René, a young filmmaker. Researching a movie about the Goldens, he ingratiates himself into their household. Meanwhile, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down.

by Salman Rushdie - Fiction

Once upon a time, in a world just like ours, there came “the time of the strangenesses.” A simple gardener began to levitate, and a powerful djinn raised an army composed entirely of her semi-magical great-great-great-grandchildren. A baby was born with the ability to see corruption in the faces of others. The ghosts of two philosophers, long dead, began arguing once more. And a battle for the kingdom of Fairyland was waged throughout our world for 1,001 nights --- or, to be more precise, for two years, eight months and 28 nights.

by Salman Rushdie - Nonfiction

How do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for more than nine years? How does he go on working? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his thoughts and actions, how and why does he stumble, how does he learn to fight back? In this remarkable memoir, Salman Rushdie tells that story for the first time --- the story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech.

by Salman Rushdie - Fiction, Young Adult 12+

This stand-alone sequel to HAROUN AND THE SEA OF STORIES tells the tall tale of 12-year-old Luka in the Nether World, a fantastical realm once visited by his brother, Haroun. Luka is on a quest to rescue his dying father from perpetual sleep and faces nine impossible challenges, all of which must be overcome if he is to steal the Fire of Life.