Salman Rushdie (1947) has twelve novels, three works of non-fiction and one collection of stories to his name. He was born in Bombay in 1947 and released his first novel Grimus in 1975. He won the Booker Prize in 1981 for his second novel Midnight’s Children; this novel also won the Booker of Bookers in 1993. Other highlights from his oeuvre include The Satanic Verses (1989), The Moor’s Last Sigh (1995; Whitbread Prize) and The Enchantress of Florence (2008). His latest novel, The Golden House, (Atlas Contact, 2017) was published last year. It is a satirical story about the world in which a figure such as Donald Trump could be president. Rushdie is a guest at the Humanities Night, which has the apt topic of Heroes and Villains.
“What Rushdie does is depict a world in which Donald Trump could ultimately become president with great virtuosity. The result is a stark, masterfully written portrait of a confusing, perplexing and merciless era, which is as demanding as ever for the reader. ” Hans Bouman in de Volkskrant.