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Joseph Anton : a memoir

Author: Salman Rushdie
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On 14 February 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Personal narratives
Named Person: Salman Rushdie; Salman Rushdie; Salman Rushdie; Salman Rushdie
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 9780224093972 0224093975 9780224093989 0224093983 9781448155606 1448155606
OCLC Number: 794296049
Description: x, 636 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The first blackbird --
A Faustian contract in reverse --
Manuscripts don't burn --
Year zero --
The trap of wanting to be loved --
Been down so long it looks like up to me --
Why it's impossible to photograph the Pampas --
A truckload of dung --
Mr. Morning and Mr. Afternoon --
His millenarian illusion --
At the Halcyon Hotel.
Responsibility: Salman Rushdie.

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On 14 February 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. In this memoir, Rushdie tells his story for the first time ; the story of one of the crucial battles 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.

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