Indian-born Author of the Satanic Verses. Currently on the run from a fatwah, or death decree, issued in 1989 by the Ayatollah Khomeini, after alegations that the book blasphemes against Islam. His cause is championed by the likes of Bono from U2.
Salman Rushdie gave an interview with Rolling Stone a couple of years ago. I don't know what happened to him since. I think we would've heard if the goons had caught up with him.