By Salman Rushdie
On 14 February 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was once telephoned through a BBC journalist and instructed that he were 'sentenced to death' via the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the 1st time he heard the observe fatwa. His crime? To have written a singular known as The Satanic Verses, which used to be accused of being 'against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran'.
So starts the extreme tale of the way a author was once compelled underground, relocating from condo to accommodate, with the consistent presence of an armed police defense staff. He was once requested to settle on an alias that the police may name him by means of. He considered writers he enjoyed and combos in their names; then it got here to him: Conrad and Chekhov - Joseph Anton.
How do a author and his kinfolk dwell with the specter of homicide for over 9 years? How does he cross on operating? How does he fall out and in of affection? How does melancholy form his techniques and activities, how and why does he stumble, how does he discover ways to struggle again? during this extraordinary memoir Rushdie tells that tale for the 1st time; the tale of 1 of the an important battles, in our time, for freedom of speech. He talks in regards to the occasionally grim, occasionally comedian realities of dwelling with armed policemen, and of the shut bonds he shaped along with his protectors; of his fight for help and realizing from governments, intelligence chiefs, publishers, reporters, and fellow writers; and of the way he regained his freedom.
It is a e-book of outstanding frankness and honesty, compelling, provocative, relocating, and of significant value. simply because what occurred to Salman Rushdie was once the 1st act of a drama that remains unfolding someplace on the planet on a daily basis.
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