Berlin (AP) - The Indian-British writer Salman Rushdie (72) is awarded the "World" Literature Prize. Rushdie received the award for his oeuvre as a world-class writer and intellectual, who knows how to think globally, said in a statement by the media company Axel Springer on Friday in Berlin.

The author is "an intrepid fighter for the freedom of the word", his work helps to counter the uncertainties of the present with attitude and humor. The prize, endowed with 12,000 euros, will be presented to Rushdie in Berlin on 10 November.

Rushdie's best-known publications include "Midnight Children" and "The Satanic Verses." Because radical Muslims saw this novel as a blasphemy, he was sentenced to death in February 1989 by Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini. This "fatwa" death threat has not been lifted. His life story tells Rushdie in «Joseph Anton». His latest novel Quichotte is nominated for this year's Booker Prize.

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