It was not until a public pardon of sorts by the Iranian government in 1995 that Rushdie felt he could safely emerge from hiding.
Despite lingering death-threats, the author returned to the public stage with a determination to use his work as a platform for the exposure and denouncement of institutional violence and intolerance.
The literary essays are quintessential Rushdie - insightful, thought-provoking, and even comical. The rest of the book, especially the notes on other authors, reads a ...
Salman Rushdie was born in India, raised in Pakistan, and educated in England, where he now lives.
The novel was adapted to the stage by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2002.
In Shame (1983), Rushdie used a similar method of mixing fantasy and history to examine abuses of power in a dream-like depiction of Pakistan.
In February 1989, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini decreed a fatwa pronouncing the death sentence on him, and Rushdie has since lived in hiding.
Subsequently, he offered several published explanations and apologies to Muslims (collected in Imaginary Homelands, 1991), and he also wrote a children's story, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990).
The latter received wide critical praise and earned Rushdie the Booker Mc Connell Prize.
Rushdie gained international notoriety in 1988 with the publication of The Satanic Verses.