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Joseph Anton: life for Salman Rushdie under the fatwa

by | 13th, September 2012

ONE good thing about that 1989 fatwa – it gave Salman Rushdie something to write about, other than naughty but nice cream slices and fallen angels. To plug his new book, Joseph Anton, Rushdie talks about life under a death sentence:

He unlocked the front door, went outside, got into the car, and was driven away. Although he did not know it then — so the moment of leaving his home did not feel unusually freighted with meaning — he would not return to that house, at 41 St. Peter’s Street, which had been his home for half a decade, until three years later, by which time it would no longer be his.

Rushdie’s memoir, Joseph Anton, which comes out next week.


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Salman Rushdie punches the air during a media conference in Islington, north London today (Friday). Mr Rushdie is free to walk safe in the knowledge that the threat on his life has been lifted. Britain and Iran are to resume full diplomatic relations after "assurances" from Iran about the death sentence against Mr Rushdie. Photo by John Stillwell/PA See PA story POLITICS Rushdie.



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