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Salman Rushdie

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19, 1947
Mumbai, India
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19, 1947 (age 71)
Mumbai, India


Indian-born author who received death threats from high-ranking Iranian government officials for his controversial book, The Satanic Verses. His other literary works, which contain elements of both historical fiction and magical realism, include Midnight's Children (1981) and Fury (2001).

Before Fame

He studied history at King's College, University of Cambridge, and went on to work as a copywriter for the international marketing and advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather. He published his first novel, Grimus, in 1975.


He won the Booker Prize in 1981 for his novel, Midnight's Children.

Family Life

He wed his first wife, Clarissa Luard, in 1976. He was later married to author Marianne Wiggins (1988-1993), Elizabeth West (1997-2004), and actress/model Pama Lakshmi (2004-2007). His two sons, Zafar and Milan, were the products of his first and third marriages, respectively.

Associated With

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2007.