Salman Rushdie wins German Book Trade 2023 Peace Prize

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The Peace Prize of the German Book Trade for 2023 has been awarded to British-American author Salman Rushdie.

An Overview of the News

  • Birth and Background: Salman Rushdie was born on June 19, 1947 in Bombay (now Mumbai), India.

  • The Satanic Verses: Rushdie achieved international recognition through his controversial 1988 novel, The Satanic Verses.

  • Inspiration and controversy: The novel attracted widespread attention and generated significant controversy in Muslim society for its portrayal inspired by the life of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

  • Fatwa issued: Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issues a fatwa against Salman Rushdie because of the publication of The Satanic Verses.

History of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

  • It was established in 1950 and the award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the promotion of international understanding between nations and cultures through their literary works.

  • The prize is endowed with €25,000 ($27,300).

  • The award ceremony takes place in October during the Frankfurt Book Fair, one of the largest and most important book fairs in the world.

  • The purpose of the award is to encourage efforts to promote peace, dialogue and cooperation.

  • Past recipients of the award include Margaret Atwood, Orhan Pamuk, Susan Sontag, Amos Oz, and Vaclav Havel.

  • Last year, the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade was awarded to Ukrainian author Serhiy Zhadan.

List of famous books by Salman Rushdie:

  • Midnight's Children

  • Shame

  • The Satanic Verses

  • fury

  • Shalimar The Clown

  • The Golden House

  • Quichotte

  • Victory City

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