In this talk, Salman Rushdie discusses fundamental freedoms and the attack they face both from religious extremism and from political correctness.
A brilliant provocateur, Sir Salman Rushdie has penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers, and received a Queen's Knighthood for his "services to literature." He stands as both a pop culture icon and one of the most thought-provoking proponents for free speech today.
Sir Salman Rushdie's novels, greeted always with anticipation and acclaim, include The Satanic Verses, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet and 2008's The Enchantress of Florence. For his masterwork of magic realism, Midnight's Children, he won the presitigious Booker Prize, and later, the Best of the Booker. The novel has since been adapted to film by the Academy Award-nominated director, Deepa Mehta, and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He is also the author of best-selling memoir Joseph Anton. Sir Salman Rushdie's Luka and the Fire of Life is a children's novel and a companion to Haroun and the Sea of Stories. His newest novel is Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights.
An eclectic writer and noted public intellectual, Rushdie has won many of the world's top literary prizes, published a heralded collection of essays, Step Across the Line, written a book on The Wizard of Oz, and served for two years as president of The PEN American Center, the world's oldest human rights organization.