All About Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie, one of the most famous writers in the world

He was brutally attacked just as he was about to speak to an audience at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York on Friday.

Salman Rushdie, 75, hospitalized after attack onstage in New York state. He has contended with death threats since 1988 when he published his fourth novel, “The Satanic Verses.”

He published his first novel, “Grimus,” in 1975. His second novel, “Midnight’s Children,” won Britain’s most prestigious literary award, the Booker Prize, in 1981.

One of the most important figures in postcolonial literature, Rushdie is a wildly creative and complex writer.

He often mixes modern political issues and pop-culture references with allusions to ancient texts and religion, particularly Islam, the faith in which he was raised.

Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses” makes a number of creative references — some veiled, some not — to Muhammad, Islam and the Quran. Some readers believe the novel is disrespectful to Islam.