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Author Salman Rushdie to join Emory University faculty, donate archive

Author Salman Rushdie to join Emory University faculty, donate archive

Indian author Salman Rushdie will join the faculty of Emory University in Atlanta and donate his archive to the institution, Emory officials announced Friday.
Rushdie's five-year appointment as a distinguished writer in residence in the English Department begins in the spring of 2007.
"Salman Rushdie is not only one of the foremost writers of our generation, he is also a courageous champion of human rights and freedom," Emory President James Wagner said in a statement.
Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses," was forced into hiding for a decade after the late Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued a 1989 order for Muslims to kill Rushdie because the book allegedly insulted Islam. In 1998, the Iranian government declared it would not support but could not rescind the fatwa.
Rushdie's novel "Midnight's Children" won Britain's Booker Prize, and was selected in 1993 as the best novel in 25 years of the Booker Prize.
"Mr. Rushdie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to help us understand the fault-lines between cultures that threaten to rupture societies around the world today," said Robert Paul, Dean of Emory College.
This will be Rushdie's first extended relationship with a university, university officials said.
Included in the archive are Rushdie's private journals detailing life under the fatwa, as well as personal correspondence, notebooks, photographs and manuscripts of all of his writings, including two early unpublished novels.


Updated : 2021-05-15 10:10 GMT+08:00