Radio Times

Salman Rushdie’s years of hiding

December 26, 2013

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[REBROADCAST] This year marks 25 years since SALMAN RUSHDIE’S “The Satanic Verses” was published followed by a fatwa issued against the author a year later by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who found the novel offensive to Islam. The Booker Prize-winning author went into hiding for the next nine years, as he and his family feared for their lives. Rushdie has chronicled these years in his book, “Joseph Anton: A Memoir,” the title taken from his pseudonym at the time (inspired by literary masters Anton Chekhov and Joseph Conrad). Rushdie returned to Radio Times this fall to tell the stranger-than-fiction tale that made him into a household name.

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