Salman Rushdie is an [[CultureChopSuey Indian-British-American novelist of Muslim descent who has since settled in New York City]]. No scratch that, [[KudzuPlot let's start from the beginning, or should it be before the beginning... or before that]].

Rushdie was born in [[UsefulNotes/{{Mumbai}} Bombay]] since renamed Mumbai, [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks a name he doesn't care for]]. He was born in a liberal Muslim family, but in his own words, his father wasn't very religious and Rushdie very early started identifying himself as an atheist. He studied in England at Rugby College (which he chose because it was Creator/LewisCarroll's school) and later majored in history at Cambridge University. He published his thesis on the origins and development of Islam, [[IShouldWriteABookAboutThis and found the material interesting]], [[ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime hoping one day to write a book on it]].

After a stint in advertising, he started writing fiction. The first book was a ScienceFiction novel called ''Grimus''. His second book was the BreakthroughHit ''Literature/MidnightsChildren''. After that, he published a little-known novel called ''Shame'' and ''The Jaguar Smile'', a non-fiction memoir of his time in Nicaragua. In 1988, he published ''Literature/TheSatanicVerses'', which resulted in an immediate fatwa by Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran, massive protests in other countries, and the book being [[BannedInChina banned in India]] (despite being a secular democracy with a Hindu majority). Things got crazy when Iran-backed hitmen and assassins started attacking people close to the book, killing the Japanese translator and stabbing the Norwegian publisher. Rushdie had to go underground and live under an assumed name for nearly fifteen years of his life.

Despite this, Rushdie continued to be a public figure, often publishing non-fiction and several more books later on. He also became a TV personality, giving interviews on chat-shows on religion, culture and freedom of speech. As a writer, Rushdie's books are highly inspired by Creator/ThomasPynchon, Creator/JamesJoyce, Creator/LuisBunuel and fall in the vein of {{Deconstruction}} and {{Postmodernism}}. They are filled with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, KudzuPlot, MindScrew and MagicalRealism. They are strongly satirical, are filled with {{Pastiche}}, and feature loads of puns and InterplayOfSexAndViolence.

! Bibliography
!! Fiction
* ''Grimus''
* ''Literature/MidnightsChildren''
* ''Shame''
* ''Literature/TheSatanicVerses''
* ''The Moor's Last Sigh''
* ''East, West''
* ''The Ground Beneath Her Feet''
* ''Fury''
* ''Shalimar the Clown''
* ''Literature/TheEnchantressOfFlorence''
* ''Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights''
* ''The Golden House''
!! Non-Fiction
* ''Imaginary Homelands''
* ''BFI Classics: The Wizard of Oz''
* ''Step Across The Line''
* ''Joseph Anton''
!! Children's Books
* ''Literature/HarounAndTheSeaOfStories''
* ''Luka and the Fire of Life''

! Tropes found in Rushdie's books
* AlternateHistory: "The Ground Beneath Her Feet" is an alternate history of TheSixties.
* CulturalCringe: Some of his books deals with [=NRI=]'s (non-residential-Indians) having a culture shock towards India, feeling that it's too vulgar and unsophisticated. They are usually unsympathetic and soon experience CharacterDevelopment while some locals reluctantly admit that [[JerkassHasAPoint he has a point]].
* {{Defictionalization}}: The song in the book, ''The Ground Beneath Her Feet'' became an actual Music/{{U2}} ballad.
* GenreBusting: His books never really occupy any single genre, much to his critics' disapproval. They can be serious 19th Century family drama, murder mystery, historical fiction, science fiction and political satire.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Many of his books tend to be partly HistoricalFiction so you occasionally see actual historical figures mix with fictional characters. The most notorious is of course the fantastic section of ''The Satanic Verses''.
* MoodWhiplash: Expect serious melancholy reflections to clash against slapstick, puerile humor. Or a scene to shift from comic to violent and vice versa.
* MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting: Rushdie is British-Indian and he's critical of both Britain and India, while also appreciative of the positive characteristics of both nations. He's especially critical of religious fundamentalism (among both Hindus and Muslims) and government corruption in India.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: A lot of his books have subtle and not so subtle references to real-life political and literary figures in his books. His novel ''Shame'' is essentially a satire on Pakistan's government with thinly veiled expies of the Bhutto family. Then there's "The Widow" of ''Midnight's Children''.
* OneOfUs: Rushdie spent a large part of his time in hiding playing video games, expressing a preference for the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''-franchise. He wrote a children's book on video games, and has also expressed fondness for superhero comics and rock music.
* RomanticismVersusEnlightenment: Firmly on the Enlightenment side.
* ShownTheirWork: Rushdie studied history at Cambridge so his books tend to be pretty well researched and quite knowledgeable about various societies. For ''The Enchantress of Florence'', he also put a bibliography at the end for readers to reference.
* SophisticatedAsHell: His prose can be lucid and stately but also features a lot of PrecisionFStrike, ClusterFBomb and other 20th-21st Century slang.
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Not afraid to discuss existentialist philosophy, quantum mechanics or arthouse films in his novels.