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An Evening With Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is one of the world’s greatest storytellers. He came to the Intelligence Squared stage to discuss his career, his life and his new novel 'Quichotte' with the BBC’s Razia Iqbal.

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Salman Rushdie is one of the world’s greatest storytellers. His acclaimed book Midnight’s Children has been voted the Booker Prize’s ‘Best of the Booker’ on two separate occasions and has sold over one million copies in the UK alone. He influenced an entire generation of Anglo-Indian writers and sparked a revolution in postcolonial literature with his distinctive magical realist style and depictions of the South Asian diaspora.

Rushdie came to the Intelligence Squared stage, in partnership with Vintage Live, to discuss his career, his life and his new novel Quichotte with the BBC’s Razia Iqbal. Inspired by the classic Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, the book is a wild ride through modern America — a society on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse — and examines racism, father–son relationships, the opioid crisis, cyber-spies, and the end of the world.



Salman Rushdie

One of the world’s most acclaimed authors

Author of fourteen novels including Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Shalimar the Clown, and Quichotte (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2019). He has also published works of non-fiction including Joseph Anton and The Jaguar Smile, and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature. His latest publication is the essay collection Languages of Truth.

Razia Iqbal

Journalist and broadcaster

Razia was special correspondent at the BBC for over three decades and from 2011 to 2023 anchored Newshour on the BBC World Service. She is currently teaching at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, where she holds the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professorship.


Speakers are subject to change.