Salman Rushdie is an Indian-born British novelist and the author of more than a dozen novels. His second novel, Midnight’s Children, won the Booker Prize and propelled him to literary fame. He became a household name after his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, outraged some Muslims and he was put under a fatwa by Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran’s leader, which called for his death and that of his publishers. Rushdie’s books have been recommended many times on Five Books. We’ve also included Joseph Anton, Rushdie’s memoir of his life after he had to go into hiding under police protection, on our list of his recommended books:
Books by Salman Rushdie
Interviews where books by Salman Rushdie were recommended
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