Salman Rushdie, who dealt with death threats for his work gets another mention in the Booker Prize longlist
- British Indian Novelist
Salman Rushdie's yet to be published Quichotteis among the books on the 2019 Booker prize longlist.
- The judges have described Quichotte as a "picaresque tour-de-force of contemporary America, with all its alarms and craziness."
- Salman Rushdie, 72, had earlier won the Booker Prize for his second book Midnight's Children in 1981.
- He is best known for writing Satanic Verses, which earned him awards as well as death threats.
Salman Rushdie, 72, had earlier won the Booker Prize for his second book ‘Midnight's Children’ in 1981. Indian filmmaker Vishal Bhardwaj is soon going to launch a web series based on Midnight's Children on Netflix. The story was made into a movie in 2012 by Deepa Mehta.
In spite of his early success as a writer, Rushdie was the center point of many controversies. He received death threats over his controversial book Satanic Verses about Islam, after which he lived for 12 years under British Security. In fact, it is believed that there was a bounty of as much as $4 million to kill him. However, the book won him the Whitbread Award in 1988.
He is known to have penned down all the time he hided in his own autobiography, Joseph Anton, in hiding. The book was launched in 2012.
The celebrated writer had started his career in the advertising industry before he turned into a writer. Almost forty years ago, Rusdhie couldn't pass a copy test at J. Walter Thompson. However, he did get a job at Sharp Mc Manus after that.
"The only question I remember was they asked you to imagine that you met a Martian who mysteriously spoke English and you had to explain to them in less than 100 words how to make toast." He worked as a freelance copywriter, an actor, and a journalist.
His career as a writer was much celebrated as he was knighted by Elizabeth Queen II, for his contribution to literature.