Rushdie is also highly influenced by modern literature.
Midnight's Children borrows themes from G�nter Grass's novel The Master and Margarita.
Midnight's Children receives accolades for being Rushdie's best, most flowing and inspiring work, but none of Rushdie's post-1989 works has had the same critical reception or caused the same controversy as The Satanic Verses.
Rushdie received many other awards for his writings including the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature.
Salman Rushdie (born June 19, 1947, in Bombay, India) is an essayist and author of fiction, most of which is set on the Indian subcontinent.
He grew up in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) and then graduated with honours from King's College, Cambridge in England.
Khomeini called on all "zealous Muslims" to execute the writer, as well as those of the publishers of the book who knew about the concepts of the book.
On February 24 Khomeini then placed a three-million-US dollar bounty for the death of Rushdie.
His accusations and critical comments regarding the fatwa later made him a marked man in the Muslim community.
Rushdie has made statements to defend his book but still many in the Muslim community consider him a wanted man.