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Salman Rushdie German Book Trade Peace Prize

Salman Rushdie German Book Trade Peace Prize

British-Indian writer Salman Rushdie will be honored with the German Book Trade’s Peace Prize on Sunday (11 am) at Paul’s Church in Frankfurt. The value of the award is 25 thousand euros, and it is considered one of the most important awards in the country. Rushdie’s eulogy will be delivered by the Austrian-German writer Daniel Kehlmann.

Rushdie received the award “for his ability to conquer, his affirmation of life and for enriching the world with the joy of storytelling,” and the Board of Trustees made its decision clear when it announced this year’s winner last June. In his novels and non-fiction books, he combines narrative insight, sustained literary innovation, humor, and wisdom.

Rushdie became famous for his masterpiece “Midnight’s Children” in 1981. In 1989, the then leader of the Iranian Revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, called for the author to be killed over Rushdie’s novel “The Satanic Verses” because the text was directed against Islam, the Prophet Muhammad and the Quran. Rushdie has been blind in one eye since he was attacked with a knife in the United States in 2022.

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