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 ...Read MoreOn 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. How do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for over 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 of what happened to Salman Rushdie was the first act of a drama that is still unfolding somewhere in the world every day.Read Less
Like New in Like New jacket. A very clean fine copy of a signed 1st edition/1st Printing. Spine is straight and tight. Boards show no signs of rubbing. Dust jacket is clean with crisp edges. Jacket has not been price clipped. No remainder marks are present. Book will arrived boxed and protected in a Mylar cover.
Very Good. Very Good Dust Jacket. Very good hardcover in very good dust jacket. First edition, first printing with full number line. SIGNED by Rushdie on title page, includes program for lecture at Friends of Hennepin County Library Book Store, Oct. 18-19, 2012. Binding is tight, sturdy, and square; boards, text also very good. DJ protected in Mylar wraps. Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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