All you need to know about Salman Rushdie’s life and works

Writer Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed to death in New York on Friday, may have lost an eye in addition to a liver failure and a broken vein in his arm, according to his representative. On August 12, he was stabbed in the neck and stomach by a man who reached the stage as the writer prepared to deliver a lecture in western New York. The author’s book “The Satanic Verses” attracted death threats from the Iranian government in the 1980s.

According to officials, the 75-year-old victim was taken to a hospital where she was undergoing surgery. There was no immediate word on his health. According to police, 24-year-old Hadi Matar, a resident of Fairview, New Jersey, was the attacker.

While Rushdie was being presented on stage at the Chautauqua Institution, an Associated Press reporter saw the attacker approach him and hit or hit him 10 to 15 times. When the writer was pushed or slammed to the ground, the man was taken into custody.

A look at the works of Salman Rushdie,

British Indian writer Salman Rushdie is a Booker Prize winning author, born on June 19, 1947 in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He lived in New York for the last 20 years and got US citizenship in 2020. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he did his MA. degree in history in 1968.

1975: His first novel “Grimus” was published.

1981: Rushdie’s second novel “Midnight’s Children” was released which also won the Booker Prize. In 2008, it was named the “Booker of Bookers” after winning the public vote for best Booker-winning novel in 40 years after the award.

1988: His “The Satanic Verses” was released and rapidly banned in Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa and other countries, with imports banned in India. In 1989, Iran issues a fatwa, or religious edict, calling for Rushdie to be executed for insulting Islam in “The Satanic Verses.” The novel was considered by some Muslims to be an insult to the Prophet Muhammad. In 2009, Iran stated that the fatwa was “still valid”. He has gone underground and has lived among safe houses and the pseudonym Joseph Anton for more than a decade.

1990: Newsweek published an essay by Rushdie, “In Good Faith”, in which he tried to defend the novel.

1993: Salman Rushdie Participated in the founding of the International Parliament of Writers with the aim of protecting writers and freedom of speech. It has been dissolved in 2003.

2005: His “Shalimar the Clown” was published, in which several narrative threads revolved around Kashmir.

2007: He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to literature, inspiring widespread Muslim protests, particularly in Pakistan.

2012: Publication of his memoir “Joseph Anton”, looking back at his underground years.

2015: Rushdie’s “Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” was released.

2020: He was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for “Quichote”, a modern version of the Cervantes classic.

(with AFP input)

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