“Sir Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children won an unprecedented three Man Booker prizes - the original in 1981, the Booker's Booker in 1993 and the Best of the Bookers in 2008—yet he became a household name not for his literary genius, but for the infamous 1989 fatwa issued by the then religious leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini after the publication of his book The Satanic Verses.
Rushdie is in Australia as a guest of Sydney's Festival of Dangerous Ideas and the 2014 Melbourne Writers Festival. In this wide ranging interview recorded at the Writers Festival, Rushdie speaks about his childhood, his schooling, his two most famous novels, his trip to the desert of Australia with Songlines author Bruce Chatwin and the rise of religious fundamentalism.
"I think my generation growing up, both in India and England, it would never have occurred to us that there would be a time when religion would move back into the centre of the stage and begin to kind of define what went on in the world." - Rushdie…”
You’ll find the conversation here.