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Salman Rushdie Complete Biography

Salman Rushdie Complete BiographyQuick facts:

Full Name

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie

Known as

Salman Rushdie



Date of birth

June 19, 1947


75 years

Place of birth

Bombay, British India


Cambridge, England


Rugby School


University of Cambridge

Zodiac sign





1.70 m


85 kgs

Hair color

Salt and pepper

Eye color



Kashmiri, Indian

Martial status



Clarissa Luard (1976- 1987)

Marianne Wiggins (1988- 1993)

Elizabeth West (1997 2004)

Padma Lakshmi (2004- 2007)


Zafar, Milan



Net worth

$10 to $15 million.

Who is Salman Rushdie?

Salman Rushdie, whose full name is Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie, is an Indian-born British author whose allegorical novels explore historical and philosophical issues through surreal characters, brooding humor, and an effusive and melodramatic prose style. He is the “Commandeur” of France’s “Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.” In “The Times” list of “The 50 Greatest British Writers since 1945,” Rushdie is listed as the 13th author.

Salman Rushdie Early Life:

Rushdie was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), India, on June 19, 1947. His father was a successful businessman who attended Cambridge University in England for his education. Rushdie had a contented upbringing and was frequently surrounded by books. At the age of five, Rushdie recalls dreaming of being a writer. He was the son of a successful Muslim merchant. He attended Rugby School and the University of Cambridge for his education and got an M.A. in history there in 1968. He was taunted by his classmates due to his ethnicity and lack of athletic aptitude.

He spent the years 1970 to 1980 working as a freelance advertising copywriter in England. A major issue in his writing is the experience of expatriation (living abroad), which he shared with many other writers of his generation who were also born in the Third World.

Salman Rushdie First Book:

Many reviewers categorized Rushdie’s debut book, Grimus (1975), as science fiction. It tells the tale of a Native American named Flapping Eagle, who receives the gift of immortality (eternal life) and embarks on a quest to discover the purpose of existence. Although the book received positive reviews, it did not sell very well. Over the course of the five years it took him to create Midnight’s Children, Rushdie continued to write advertisements on the side. After finishing the book, he left his job without even knowing if it would be released.

About his Other Books:

Rushdie gained international prominence with his second book, Midnight’s Children (1981), a tale about contemporary India. It was an unexpected critical and commercial triumph that brought him worldwide acclaim. He wrote the screenplay for an adaption that was made into a movie and published in 2012. Rushdie’s third book, Shame (1983), which focused on Pakistani politics at the time, was likewise well-liked, but his fourth book, The Satanic Verses, received a different response.

Salman Rushdie Condition After the Release of The Satanic Verses:

Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, published in 1988, opens with the survival of two Indian men who fall from the skies following a terrorist bombing of their jumbo jet bound for England. Then, these two characters acquire supernatural and demonic abilities. Rushdie’s tendency for exploiting historical tragedies, particularly those involving religion, makes The Satanic Verses a book of terrifying precognition (depicting future events): another character in the book is a writer who has been given the death penalty by a religious figure.

After the book’s publication in the summer of 1988, Muslim community leaders in Britain criticized it and called it blasphemous because it featured characters that were fashioned after the Prophet Muhammad and depicted him and his transcription of the Qur’an in a negative light. In January 1989, protests against the book gained traction in Pakistan. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the spiritual head of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, publicly denounced the book on February 14 and issued a fatwa (legal opinion) against Rushdie; a reward was given to anyone who would have him put to death. Under the protection of Scotland Yard, he went into hiding and was forced to limit his travels, even if he occasionally made an unplanned appearance elsewhere.

Rushdie received a death threat from Khomeini, along with The Satanic Verses’ publishers, all booksellers who carried the book, and all Muslims who openly supported its publication. The work was briefly taken off the shelves of the biggest book chains in America after bomb threats were made against a number of retailers in both England and America. Two Muslim leaders in London, England, were assassinated after debating Rushdie’s death sentence on a talk show. Several book burnings took place all around the world.

Even after publicly apologizing and converting to Islam, Rushdie spent several years living alone.

While continuing to criticize The Satanic Verses, the Iranian foreign minister stated that Iran had no desire to hurt Rushdie or incite anyone to do so in 1998 as part of efforts to mend fences between Iran and England. Rushdie declared he will stop his nine years of isolation after feeling relieved.

Salman Rushdie Spouse and Children:

Rushdie initially wed Clarissa Luard, an Arts Council of England literature officer, in 1976; the pair has a son named Zafar (980). But the pair got a divorce in 1987.

Then, in 1988, he wed American author Marianne Wiggins; they were divorced in 1993. Rushdie has a son named Milan in 1999 after his marriage to the author and editor Elizabeth West, which lasted from 1997 until 2004.

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie with his Ex-wife Padma Laxmi

Padma Lakshmi, Rushdie’s fourth wife, was an Indian American actress, model, and the host of the reality television program Top Chef in the United States. Lakshmi decided to end their marriage in 2007 after they were married in 2004. In 2008, Riya Sen, an Indian model, and Rushdie were romantically linked, though no official announcement has been made.

About his Other Books:

Another Rushdie book, titled “Haroun and the Sea of Stories,” was published in 1990. Hindus also criticized his work, in “The Moor’s Last Sigh.” In the year 1999, the book “The Ground Beneath Her Feet” was released. It relates the tale of a vocalist whose performance is destroyed in an earthquake. His writing might be characterized as a blend of historical fiction and “magical realism.”

Rushdie’s stories are mainly about migrations to and from the East and West and the incidents that happen in between them, and they generally take place on the Indian Subcontinent. The Enchantress of Florence (2008), based on a fictitious biography of the Mughal emperor Akbar, and Shalimar the Clown (2005), an exploration of terrorism that was predominantly set in the contentious Kashmir region of the Indian subcontinent.

Luka and the Fire of Life, Rushdie’s most recent book, was released in 2010. ‘Fury’ (2001), ‘Shalimar and the Clown’ (2005), and ‘The Enchantress of Florence’ are some of his other works (2008).

Salman Rushdie Awards and Achievements:

The Midnights Children, one of his books, won the Booker Prize. Because of his enormous contribution to English literature, Queen Elizabeth named him a Knight Bachelor in 2007. Later, the book was awarded the Best of the Booker (2008) and the Booker of Bookers (1993). The public cast votes for these special awards to mark the 25th and 40th anniversaries of the prize, respectively. Rushdie received a knighthood in 2007, an honor that the parliaments of Pakistan and Iran disapproved of.

Salman Rushdie Net Worth:

It is estimated that Salman Rushdie’s net worth is $10 to $15 million.