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Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is an Indian-born British-American novelist and essayist. His style is often classified as magical realism. At the same time, a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions, and migrations between the Eastern and Western worlds.

Ahmed Salman Rushdie was born and raised in Bombay into an Indian Kashmiri Muslim family. His parents are Anis Ahmed Rushdie, a Cambridge-educated lawyer-turned-businessman, and Negin Bhatt, a teacher.

Salman Rushdie attended the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai, India. Later, he moved to England and earned a degree in history from the King's College, University of Cambridge. Then he focused on post-graduate studies in history at the University of Cambridge's Pembroke College.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Rushdie was a copywriter for the advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather, where he came up with "irresistibubble" for Aero and "Naughty but Nice" for cream cakes, and for the agency Ayer Barker (until 1982), for whom he wrote the line "That'll do nicely" for American Express. While at Ogilvy, Rushdie wrote his second novel Midnight's Children, which won the Booker Prize in 1981 and is considered one of his masterpieces.

Salman Rushdie debuted with the fantasy and science fiction novel Grimus (1975). The story loosely follows Flapping Eagle, a young Native American man who receives the gift of immortality by drinking a magic fluid.

He is now an author known for his diverse works, including thirteen novels, a book of stories, and four non-fiction books.

His most notable works also include The Satanic Verses (1988), a controversial novel that sparked international attention and discussions, and Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990), a whimsical tale for younger readers, and The Moor's Last Sigh (1995), a richly imaginative novel exploring the history of India.

In addition to his literary achievements, Salman Rushdie has received numerous honors and awards from various countries and institutions, highlighting his significant contributions to literature.

He has been recognized with the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel twice and received prestigious awards such as the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature.

In 2007, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor for "services to literature," which "thrilled and humbled" him.

His literary influence extends beyond books, as he has also adapted his novel Midnight's Children for the stage, performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company in London and New York. Moreover, U2, the famous rock band, turned his novel "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" into a song, showcasing the interdisciplinary impact of his work.

The literary legacy of Salman Rushdie, whose books have been translated into more than forty languages, continues to be popular worldwide.

Photo credit: www.salmanrushdie.com
masa pakai: 19 Juli 1947 sekarang

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