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This work won the 1981 Booker Prize and, in 19, was awarded the Best of the Bookers as the best novel to have received the prize during its first 25 and 40 years.Midnight's Children follows the life of a child, born at the stroke of midnight as India gained its independence, who is endowed with special powers and a connection to other children born at the dawn of a new and tumultuous age in the history of the Indian sub-continent and the birth of the modern nation of India.The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999) presents an alternative history of modern rock music.The song of the same name by U2 is one of many song lyrics included in the book; hence Rushdie is credited as the lyricist.

His early influences included Jorge Luis Borges, Mikhail Bulgakov, Lewis Carroll, Günter Grass, and James Joyce.He also wrote Haroun and the Sea of Stories in 1990.Rushdie has had a string of commercially successful and critically acclaimed novels.In 1983 Rushdie was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the UK's senior literary organisation.He was appointed Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in January 1999. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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