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Salman Rushdie PhotoAt What Cost Safety? Today's Moral Compass
Monday, March 23, 2009

Sir Salman RUSHDIE is one of the most successful, controversial, and celebrated authors of our time. His novels have won critical acclaim and widespread commercial success, while his ideas have stimulated, galvanized, and provoked. Without doubt, Rushdie is one of today's most witty and provocative public intellectuals.

Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini deemed his The Satanic Verses sacrilegious and issued a fatwa against him in 1989. Despite this proclamation, Rushdie went on to produce other compelling work while living under the constant threat of death. In 2007 the Queen officially knighted Rushdie for services to literature, and a 2008 award honored Midnight's Children as the very best of all books that have won the prestigious Booker Prize. His most recent novel, The Enchantress of Florence, was released in June 2008.