Joseph Anton

A Memoir
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
Original Publish Date: Sep 18, 2012
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Product Number: Z100026372
Released: Sep 18, 2012
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780449807842
Narrator/s: Sam Dastor
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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 "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. Includes a prologue read by the Author. 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 Timesa writer of breathtaking originality."—Financial Times

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Author(s): Salman Rushdie
Product Number EB00164799
Released: Dec 29, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: #9780679643883

Professional reviews

"On Valentine's Day, 1989, Rushdie's world turned upside down when he learned that the Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran's religious leader, had placed a fatwa, or death sentence, on his head for writing the novel THE SATANIC VERSES. Forced to live underground, he adopted a name based on his favorite writers Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov. This is his story. Narrator Sam Dastor starts out by reading in a low, scratchy, morose Englishaccented voice that overcompensates for the seriousness of Rushdie's harrowing tale. As the book progresses, Dastor loses the scratchiness his voice becomes more robust and confident, and he adopts a more defiant tone. This is where the book's pace quickens, and we get the full sense of how the author literally survived his ordeal. Dastor would have been better off using it for the whole book. R.I.G. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"