Salman Rushdie Poems

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Salman Rushdie
Ahmed Salman Rushdie ( Nastaliq: ی; born 19 June 1947) is an Indian-British novelist and essayist. He first achieved fame with his second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), which won the Booker Prize. Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the long, rich and often fraught story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the East and the West. His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), provoked violent reactions from Muslims in several countries. Faced with death threats and a fatwa (religious edict) issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Supreme Leader of Iran, which called for him to be killed, he spent nearly a decade largely underground, appearing in public only sporadically. In June 2007, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor for "services to literature", which "thrilled and humbled" him. The announcement met with disapproval from some Muslim nations and communities,with some claiming that it will be used as an excuse for terrorism. In 2007, he began a five-year term as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory University.

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Zembla, Zenda, Xanadu:
All our dream-worlds may come true.
Fairy lands are fearsome too.... [read poem]
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