Like Scheherazade the narrator has staved off execution by telling, or inventing, his Thousand and One Nights.
Rushdie received many other awards for his writings including the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature. According to the legend, Muhammad later revoked the verses, saying the devil tempted him to utter these lines to appease the Meccans hence the "Satanic" verses.
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Rai, the narrator Rai the fusion of North African Arabic music with rock that is popular in France and Algeriasays that these are his last memories of Bombay.
The Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is quoted as saying in an audio recording that UK's award for Kashmiri-born Rushdie was "an insult to Islam", and it was planning "a very precise response.
It concludes with what appears to be Rushdie's own imagined reconciliation with his father in Bombay; a reconciliation necessarily imagined as his family moved from Bombay to Pakistan after Indian independence.