Books by Salman Rushdie
NPR stories about Salman Rushdie
In 1980s Arkansas, everyone was abuzz with Satan-paranoia. In the middle of the chaos, a teenage Scott Hutchins came across Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses. What he found wasn't demonic at all — instead, it was an eye-opening, complex narrative about sad failures, washed-up movie stars and wrecked marriages.
In softcover nonfiction, Walter Isaacson records Steve Jobs' official biography, Salman Rushdie remembers hiding for his life and Lynn Povich describes a revolution at Newsweek. In fiction, Michael Chabon tells the story of a struggling California record store and Junot Diaz explores infidelity.
John Powers reviews the author's memoir of his time in hiding — the result of a fatwah calling for his murder after the publication of The Satanic Verses.
In 1989, Iran's leader issued an edict that sentenced Salman Rushdie to death for writing the novel The Satanic Verses. Rushdie reflects on the fallout from that order — from the years spent in hiding to the alias he created to avoid detection — in a new memoir called Joseph Anton.
In his new novel, The Enchantress of Florence, Salman Rushdie blends history and fantasy to recount the tale of a lost princess. The lavish epic spans multiple decades and continents.
David, who listens to WBOI in northeast Indiana, recommends Rushdie's novel: "Rushdie's massive vocabulary, cultural references, and odd blend of realism and fantasy will expand your mind and entertain at the same time."
Author Salman Rushdie has a new book out. Shalimar the Clown is set in Kashmir, the volatile region bordering India and Pakistan that was recently devastated by an earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people.