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Anglo-Indian novelist who uses in his works tales from various genres - fantasy mythology religion oral tradition Rushdies narrative technique has connected his books to magic realism which includes such English-language authors as Peter Carey Angela Carter EL Doctorow John Fowles Mark Helprin or Emma Tennant Salman Rushdie was condemned to death by the former Iranian spiritual leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on February 141989 after publishing SATANIC VERSES Naguib Mahfouz the winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Literature criticized Khomeini for intellectual terrorism but changed his view later and said that Rushdie did not have the right to insult anything especially a prophet or anything considered holy Insults are mysteries What seems to the bystander to be the cruelest most destructive sledgehammer of an assault whore slut tart can leave its target undamaged while an apparently lesser gibe thank god youre not my child can fatally penetrate the finest suits of armour youre nothing to me youre less than the dirt on the soles of my shoes and strike directly at the heart from The Ground Beneath Her Feet 1999 Salman Rushdie was born in Bombay India to a middle-class Moslem family His paternal grandfather was an Urdu poet and his father a Cambridge-educated businessman At the age of fourteen Rushdie was sent to Rugby School in England In 1964 Rushdies parents moved to Karachi Pakistan joining reluctantly the Muslim exodus - during these years there was a war between India and Pakistan and the choosing of sides and divided loyalties burdened Rushdie heavily Rushdie continued his studies at Kings College Cambridge where he read history After graduating in 1968 he worked for a time in television in Pakistan He was an actor in a theatre group at the Oval House in Kennington and from 1971 to 1981 he worked intermittently as a freelance advertising copywriter for Ogilvy and Mather and Charles Barker As a novelist Rushdie made his debut with GRIMUS in 1975
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