Authors of the 11th Prague Writers' Festival
Dedicated to Primo Levi: “If Not Now, When?”

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie Salman Rushdie was born in 1946 in Bombay, India. He is the prize-winning author of seven novels, which include Midnight's Children (awarded the Booker Prize), Shame, The Satanic Verses (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel),  The Moor's Last Sigh and The Ground Beneath Her Feet . He has also published a collection of short stories East, West  and three works of non-fiction, The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homeland and The Wizard of Oz, film criticism. 

In 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Rushdie’s life for the alleged blasphemies in The Satanic Verses.  Rushdie went into hiding protected by the British Government. In the intervening years, hit squads killed the Japanese translator of the book, wounded the Italian translator and the Norwegian publisher.

In 1998, under pressure from Britain, Iran said it would not carry out the fatwa. “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.” Salman Rushdie presently lives in New York.

Primo Levi Corin Curschellas Christian Rösli Gore Vidal Gary Younge
Jan Kavan Jan Kasl Michael March Robert Menasse Peter Stephan Jungk
Salman Rushdie Savyon Liebrecht Natan Zach Etgar Keret Vassilis Vassilikos
Adolf Muschg Erica Pedretti Zoë Jenny Daniel de Roulet Patrick McCabe
Dermot Healy Timothy O´Grady Vladimír Páral Arnošt Lustig Václav Boštík