19. June 2022 - 75. birthday
Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie,
born June 19, 1947 in Mumbai, India,
is one of the most important representatives
of contemporary literature.
With his novel "The Satanic Verses", published in 1988, he attracted the wrath of Ayatollah Khomeini, who in 1989 imposed a fatwa that is still valid today because Rushdie's novel was "directed against Islam, the Prophet and the Koran".
Since then Rushdie has lived under police protection, which has not prevented him from writing, publishing and fighting for freedom of expression and against religions "as justification for oppression, spreading fear, tyranny and atrocities".