Tuesday, Nov 30
Salman Rushdie: In 1981, Salman Rushdie’s second book, Midnight’s Children, set the literary world ablaze, earning him international acclaim and the Booker Prize. But it was his 1988 novel Satanic Versus—and the controversy surrounding it’s publication—that made Rushdie a household name. Many in the Islamic world saw the book as an irreverent depiction of the prophet Muhammad. The government of Iran called for Rushdie’s death and he lived in hiding for years afterward. But he continued to write, and he eventually followed-up his notorious novel with a children’s book— Haroun and the Sea of Stories—which he wrote for his son Zafar. Now—some two decades later—he has penned a sequel to that magical adventure, Luka and the Fire of Life. This one is written for his second son, Milan. We talk with the celebrated author.