This is India's first hour of independence from Britain, and the trading of infants' saves Sinai from a life of poverty at the bottom of the country's caste system by landing him in the home of an upper-class Muslim couple.
In 2003, Midnight's Children was voted by the British public as one of the nation’s 100 best-loved novels.
Major Works Grimus was first noticed primarily by science-fiction enthusiasts due to the fantastic nature of the story, in which a young Native American embarks upon a quest to ascertain the meaning of life after having become immortal.
Devout Muslims, outraged by a perceived belittling of Islam within the novel, staged public demonstrations and placed bans on its importation.
Eventually, a fatwa, or decree, was issued by Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruholiah Khomeini, calling for the execution of Rushdie.
Lively, wide-ranging collection of 75 pieces written over the past ten years by the author of The Satanic Verses.
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It was not until a public pardon of sorts by the Iranian government in 1995 that Rushdie felt he could safely emerge from hiding.
Despite lingering death-threats, the author returned to the public stage with a determination to use his work as a platform for the exposure and denouncement of institutional violence and intolerance.
The concept of sharam (an Urdu word which encompasses both shame and entitlement) is explored throughout the wildly elaborate narrative.
The Satanic Verses has been interpreted as commentary illustrating both the good and the evil inherent in religious devotion.