This work won the Booker Prize and, in and , was awarded the Best of the Bookers as the best novel to have received the prize during its first 25 and 40 years. The character of Saleem Sinai has been compared to Rushdie. Both these works of postcolonial literature are characterised by a style of magic realism and the immigrant outlook that Rushdie is very conscious of as a member of the Kashmiri diaspora. Rushdie wrote a non-fiction book about Nicaragua in called The Jaguar Smile.
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See Article History Alternative Title: Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie Salman Rushdie, in full Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie, born June 19, , Bombay [now Mumbai], India , Indian-born British writer whose allegorical novels examine historical and philosophical issues by means of surreal characters, brooding humour, and an effusive and melodramatic prose style.
His treatment of sensitive religious and political subjects made him a controversial figure. Rushdie was the son of a prosperous Muslim businessman in India. Throughout most of the s he worked in London as an advertising copywriter.
His first published novel , Grimus, appeared in A film adaptation , for which he drafted the screenplay, was released in Public demonstrations against the book spread to Pakistan in January On February 14 the spiritual leader of revolutionary Iran , Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini , publicly condemned the book and issued a fatwa legal opinion against Rushdie; a bounty was offered to anyone who would execute him. He went into hiding under the protection of Scotland Yard , and—although he occasionally emerged unexpectedly, sometimes in other countries—he was compelled to restrict his movements.
In , after nearly a decade, the Iranian government announced that it would no longer seek to enforce its fatwa against Rushdie. He recounted his experience in the third-person memoir Joseph Anton ; its title refers to an alias he adopted while in seclusion.
Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. Step Across This Line, a collection of essays he wrote between and on subjects ranging from the September 11 attacks to The Wizard of Oz, was issued in Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights depicts the chaos ensuing from a rent in the fabric separating the world of humans from that of the Arabic mythological figures known as jinn.
Reveling in folkloric allusion—the title references The Thousand and One Nights —the novel unfurls a tapestry of connected stories celebrating the human imagination. The novel subsequently won the Booker of Bookers and the Best of the Booker Learn More in these related Britannica articles:.
Shelves: books , fantasy , first-book No. Just no. Rushdie never lacked for imagination, and it is ample evidence here. But sometimes, all that imagination can go absolutely nowhere.
Style[ edit ] Amongst other influences Rushdie incorporates Sufi, Hindu, Christian and Norse mythologies alongside pre- and post-modernist literature into his construction of character and narrative form. Your words serve only to spin cocoons around your own irrelevance. The Way of K may be seen as Rushdie probing the Rousseau-influenced theories of man and society that influenced much postth century Western travel writing and the modernist influenced literature of s England in particular. In light of this, we can see Rushdie as having produced what Linda Hutcheon terms a "histiographic novel". An allegorical poem that argues "God" to be the transcendental totality of life and reality rather than an entity external to reality. Whilst the basing of Calf Island on a merger of Eastern and Western references i.