Twenty-three years ago, the Iranian religious leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini declared a fatwa against Salman Rushdie for his novel, The Satanic Verses. Forced into hiding for the next decade, Rushdie was shuffled from one safe house to another, always under the constant protection of his state-appointed protectors who referred to the author with his code name “Joseph Anton.”
That name is also the title of Rushdie’s latest book, a memoir about his life in hiding. At this year’s New Yorker Festival, David Remnick will interview Rushdie about his ordeal. The conversation is likely to touch upon the current political turmoil in the Middle East and the controversial film that has sparked the latest unrest.
Rushdie has long been a favorite on FORA.tv, and in 2008 he talked about the best way to deal with religious intolerance:
Writer Kenan Malik reveals how Rushdie’s experience has forever changed the publishing world.