Salman Rushdie

Emory University 2015 Commencement Speech by Salman Rushdie

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And it’s called…

I was just wondering if Salman Rushdie had retired from writing or if he had a new novel in the works when a simple Google search revealed to me that his publisher, Jonathan Cape, had announced just two days ago that Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights will be released this fall.

After all of these years, it’s a great relief to know that he’s still writing….

Midnight’s Children [2012]

Directed by Deepa Mehta. Written by Salman Rushdie.

I remember to my mild embarrassment when my university’s newspaper wrote a childish, scathing, one-sided and arguably anti-Indian review of this film. No fans of literature were that year’s editors. Alas, the blow would have hurt less if I had never met and had never chatted with Sir Salman Rushdie and if I was illiterate.

One Week in 1997 (John le Carre v. Salman Rushdie and Christopher Hitchens)

In 1997, British spy novelist David Cornwell, better known as John le Carre, made a speech to the Anglo-Israel Association that complained that a New York Times review of his 1996 novel The Tailor of Panama had unfairly labelled him an anti-Semite. The Guardian published an excerpt of le Carre’s speech in its November 15 edition, which was responded by, on November 18 in The Guardian, by Salman Rushdie. The row unfolded from there, grew to also involve Christopher Hitchens, and would not end until 2012.

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Gabriel García Márquez, 1927–2014

Gabriel García Márquez, a Nobel Prize-winning Columbian journalist and writer, whose works such as One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, which have been read by millions around the world, and who helped to popularize the magical realist literary style, with Jorge Luis Borges before him and Salman Rushdie after him, passed away this afternoon at his home in Mexico City. Márquez was 87.