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In that sense, I’ve never felt that I’ve written an autobiographical character." After Midnight's Children, Rushdie wrote Shame (1983), in which he depicts the political turmoil in Pakistan, basing his characters on Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq.Shame won France's Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger (Best Foreign Book) and was a close runner-up for the Booker Prize.Rushdie's first novel, Grimus (1975), a part-science fiction tale, was generally ignored by the public and literary critics.
Much of his fiction is set on the Indian subcontinent.
He also wrote Haroun and the Sea of Stories in 1990.
Rushdie has had a string of commercially successful and critically acclaimed novels.
In addition to books, Rushdie has published many short stories, including those collected in East, West (1994).
The Moor's Last Sigh, a family epic ranging over some 100 years of India's history was published in 1995.
In 1983 Rushdie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the UK's senior literary organisation.