He is the author of 11 novels, including Midnight’s Children (which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981), a book of stories, four works of non-fiction and the co-editor of two anthologies. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the University of New York and a member of the Royal British Society of Literature. Since 1999, he holds the rank of Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres – France’s highest artistic honour. Between 2004 and 2006 he served as President of PEN American Center and in 2007, he received a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours as a tribute to his contribution to literature. He has been awarded many distinctions in the whole world and his books have been translated into over forty languages.
His most recent novel, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, will be published in France by Actes Sud in September of 2016.