Rushdie, Salman

[ (rush-dee) ]

An Indian-born twentieth-century British writer of acclaimed novels such as Midnight's Children and Shame. He went into hiding after the publication of The Satanic Verses, a modern fable of good and evil, which prompted Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini to demand his execution.

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