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Saying Salaam To Sir Salman

July 2007
Saying Salaam To Sir Salman

Salman Rushdie, who was born in Bombay the year India gained independence, received a knighthood from Britain as a gift for his 60th birthday last month. "I am thrilled and humbled to receive this great honor, and am very grateful that my work has been recognized in this way," he said in a statement. Earlier this year, Rushdie, who sold his private archive to Emory University, joined its English Department as Distinguished Writer in Residence. Now that his first stint at Emory is over, Rushdie has four more years to go, although he's only required to spend a month here each year. V.S. Naipaul, who is 15 years older than Rushdie, won the Nobel Prize for literature a decade after Britain's queen knighted him. Does that mean Sir Salman will have to wait until his 70th birthday for a Nobel? Stay tuned.

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