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Thread #135732   Message #3098507
Posted By: Keith A of Hertford
19-Feb-11 - 09:52 AM
Thread Name: The Black Cloud of Islam by Roy Harper
Subject: RE: The Black Cloud of Islam by Roy Harper
Don,
"Of course it is his by right, but are you seriously telling me that you believe he would have made twopence halfpenny if not for the very well publicised "death threat"."

He was appointed a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II for "services to literature" in June 2007.[4] He holds the rank Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France. He began a five-year term as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory University in 2007.[5] In May 2008 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2008, The Times ranked Rushdie thirteenth on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
Midnight's Children, catapulted him to literary notability. It significantly shaped the course that Indian writing in English followed over the next decade, and is regarded by many as one of the great books of the last 100 years. This work won the 1981 Booker Prize and, in 1993 and 2008, was awarded the Best of the Bookers as the best novel to have received the prize during its first 25 and 40 years.

I suggest, Don, that he was not that desperate for publicity and stunts.