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Joseph Anton. A Memoir - Salman Rushdie
Joseph Anton. A Memoir
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On February 14, 1989, Valentine’s Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been “sentenced to death” by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being... show more
On February 14, 1989, Valentine’s Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been “sentenced to death” by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being “against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran.”   So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team. He was asked to choose an alias that the police could call him by. He thought of writers he loved and combinations of their names; then it came to him: Conrad and Chekhov—Joseph Anton.   How do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for more than nine years? How does he go on working? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his thoughts and actions, how and why does he stumble, how does he learn to fight back? In this remarkable memoir Rushdie tells that story for the first time; the story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech. He talks about the sometimes grim, sometimes comic realities of living with armed policemen, and of the close bonds he formed with his protectors; of his struggle for support and understanding from governments, intelligence chiefs, publishers, journalists, and fellow writers; and of how he regained his freedom.   It is a book of exceptional frankness and honesty, compelling, provocative, moving, and of vital importance. Because what happened to Salman Rushdie was the first act of a drama that is still unfolding somewhere in the world every day.Praise for Salman Rushdie   “In Salman Rushdie . . . India has produced a glittering novelist—one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling.”—The New Yorker   “Salman Rushdie has earned the right to be called one of our great storytellers.”—The Observer   “Our most exhilaratingly inventive prose stylist, a writer of breathtaking originality.”—Financial Times
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Format: papier
ISBN: 9780812992786 (812992784)
Publisher: Random House, Inc.
Pages no: 656
Edition language: English
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
3.0 Worth a read
Salman Rushdie is famous for two main reasons. The first is his talent as a writer. The second is for people’s reactions to his talent as a writer. I have read Satanic Verses, and while I can see why some people might be upset, the solution is simple. DO NOT READ THE BOOK. While cultural sensit...
Book Which I Have Done Read Them
Book Which I Have Done Read Them rated it
4.0 Joseph Anton. A Memoir
Really the only thing I'd really known about Salman Rushdie prior to purchasing this book was of course that he was the author of the Satanic Verses. This book chronicles his life up until the time of the release of that novel, and through that time in detail.As a listener, I found the third person ...
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Anya's Books
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4.0 Joseph Anton: A Memoir
Actual Rating 3.5I'm glad I read this book. I was in my self-centered twenties during the fatwa and remember some of the noise surrounding it but I never pursued a deeper understanding of those events. This book has at least in part cured my ignorance.It's written in 3rd person which I enjoyed initi...
What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment
What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment rated it
3.0
Joseph Anton, Salman Rushdie's pseudonym while in hiding as a consequence of the 1989 fatwa against him for the authorship of The Satanic Verses, is Rushdie's memoir of his experiences until the early 2000's, when there was no longer a credible threat to his life. He takes a non-traditional take on...
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