by Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie was born in Bombay in 1947.
Rushdie is the author of five novels:
Grimus, Midnight's Children, Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories and The Moor's Last Sigh.
He has won the Booker Prize, Whitbread Prize, James Tait Black Prize, Writer's Guild Award and the
Booker of Bookers in 1993, when Midnight's Children was judged to be the best novel
to win a Booker in the first 25 years the prize was awarded.
Publication of The Satanic Verses
prompted the Iranian government to issue a Fatwa,
or call for Rushdie's assasination for blasphemy against Islam. It has yet to be lifted.
"6 March 1989" first appeared in Granta in Fall, 1989 when the Fatwa had first been issued and Rushdie was in hiding.
Boy, yaar, they sure called me some good names of late:
Damn, brother. You saw what they did to my face?
Now, misters and sisters, they've come for my voice.