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Salman Rushdie

Originally posted October 2002

Step Across This Line

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When the Ayatollah Khomeini issued the death sentence against author Salman Rushdie in 1989, Rushdie's response was to keep writing, both fiction and non-fiction. His newest book is a collection of essays spanning the 1990s and into the 21st century.




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Salman Rushdie is the author of nine previous novels: Grimus; Midnight's Children (which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981; in 1993, was judged to be the best novel to have won that prize in its first twenty-five years; and in 2008 was awarded the prize as the best book in the prize's 40-year history); Shame (winner of the French Prix de Meilleur Livre Etranger); The Satanic Verses (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel); Haroun and the Sea of Stories (winner of the Writers Guild Award); The Moor's Last Sigh (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel); The Ground Beneath Her Feet (winner of the Eurasian section of the Commonwealth Prize); Fury (a New York Times Notable Book); and Shalimar the Clown (a Time Book of the Year). He is also the author of a book of stories, East, West, and three works of nonfiction - Imaginary Homelands, The Jaguar Smile, and The Wizard of Oz. He is co-editor of Mirrorwork, an anthology of contemporary Indian writing.

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