By Salman Rushdie
On 14 February 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was once telephoned via a BBC journalist and informed that he were 'sentenced to death' by way of the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the 1st time he heard the be aware fatwa. His crime? To have written a singular referred to as The Satanic Verses, which used to be accused of being 'against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran'.
So starts off the intense tale of ways a author used to be pressured underground, relocating from condo to deal with, with the consistent presence of an armed police security crew. He used to be requested to settle on an alias that the police may perhaps name him through. 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 relations reside 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 depression form his suggestions and activities, how and why does he stumble, how does he learn how to struggle again? during this notable 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 concerning the occasionally grim, occasionally comedian realities of residing with armed policemen, and of the shut bonds he shaped together with his protectors; of his fight for help and knowing from governments, intelligence chiefs, publishers, newshounds, and fellow writers; and of the way he regained his freedom.
It is a ebook of remarkable 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 earth on a daily basis.