Joseph Anton: A Memoir

Joseph Anton: A Memoir

Salman Rushdie

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On February 14, 1989, Valentine’s Day, Salman Rushdie used to be telephoned via a BBC journalist and instructed that he were “sentenced to demise” by way of the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the 1st time he heard the note fatwa. His crime? To have written a singular known as The Satanic Verses, which was once accused of being “against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran.”
So starts the intense tale of the way a author used to be compelled underground, relocating from apartment to deal with, with the consistent presence of an armed police defense group. He was once requested to decide on an alias that the police might name him by means of. He considered writers he enjoyed and mixtures in their names; then it got here to him: Conrad and Chekhov—Joseph Anton.
How do a author and his relatives dwell with the specter of homicide for greater than 9 years? How does he cross on operating? How does he fall out and in of affection? How does melancholy form his ideas and activities, how and why does he stumble, how does he discover ways to struggle again? during this impressive memoir Rushdie tells that tale for the 1st time; the tale of 1 of the the most important battles, in our time, for freedom of speech. He talks in regards to the occasionally grim, occasionally comedian realities of residing with armed policemen, and of the shut bonds he shaped along with his protectors; of his fight for aid and knowing from governments, intelligence chiefs, publishers, newshounds, and fellow writers; and of the way he regained his freedom.
it's a publication 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 continues to be unfolding someplace on the earth each day.

Praise for Joseph Anton
“A harrowing, deeply felt and revealing rfile: an autobiographical reflect of the large, philosophical preoccupations that experience lively Mr. Rushdie’s paintings all through his career.”—Michiko Kakutani, The big apple Times
“A correct booklet, the best . . . memoir to go my table in lots of a year.”—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
“Thoughtful and astute . . . an incredible book.”—USA Today
“Compelling, affecting . . . demonstrates Mr. Rushdie’s skill as a stylist and storytelle. . . . [He] reacted with nice bravery or even heroism.”—The Wall road Journal
“Gripping, relocating and wonderful . . . not anything love it has ever been written.”—The Independent (UK)
“A mystery, an epic, a political essay, a love tale, an ode to liberty.”—Le aspect (France)
“Action-packed . . . in a literary category on its own . . . Like Isherwood, Rushdie’s eye is a digital camera lens —firmly put in a single point of view and not out of focus.”—Los Angeles overview of Books
“Unflinchingly sincere . . . an engrossing, interesting, revealing and infrequently stunning book.”de Volkskrant (The Netherlands)
“One of the simplest memoirs you could ever read.”DNA (India)
“Extraordinary . . . Joseph Anton fantastically modulates among . . . moments of unintentional hilarity, and the better objective Rushdie observed in opposing—at all costs—any curtailment on a writer’s freedom.”The Boston Globe

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