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Literary world applauds Rushdie knighthood: [UK]:
Salman Rushdie has amassed for himself a fair number of distinctions over the years, among them the Booker of Bookers prize, the Whitbread novel award (twice), the James Tait Black memorial prize, and a fatwa from the Ayatollah Khomeini calling for his immediate assassination.

Yesterday, however, came the big one: a knighthood recognising the services to literature of one of the world's most lauded - and most divisive - literary grandees. 'I am thrilled and humbled to receive this great honour, and am very grateful that my work has been recognised in this way,' the newly-minted Sir Salman said in a statement.
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At 2:16 AM, Blogger Antoine Cassar replied:

He should have followed Benjamin Zephaniah's footsteps by refusing the award from the British monarchy. I am very disappointed.    



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