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A frank and compelling account of one of the most extraordinary stories in recent history, from the author of Midnight’s Children.

From the author of The Satanic Verses and Midnight’s Children comes an unflinchingly honest and fiercely funny account of a life turned upside-down.

On Valentine’s Day, 1989, Salman Rushdie received a telephone call from a BBC journalist that would change his life forever: Ayatollah Khomeini, a leading Muslim scholar, had issued him with a death sentence. This is his own account of how he was forced to live in hiding for over a decade; at once intimate and explosive, this is the personal tale behind the international story.

How does a man live with the constant threat of murder? How does he continue to work when deprived of his freedom? How does he sustain friendships, or fall in and out of love? How does he fight back? For over a decade, Salman Rushdie dwelt in a world of secrecy and disguise, a world of security guards and armoured cars, of aliases and code names.

In Joseph Anton, Rushdie tells the remarkable story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech.

Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Biography Prize

Reviews

This is tense thriller even if we know the outcome

Fiona Wilson, The Times

Absorbing… Rushdie is compelling here

Robert Collins, Sunday Times (Culture)

Describes the painful process by which a human being becomes a symbol

Sunday Telegraph (Seven)

Sprawling, intimate, surreal, it exerts a mesmeric hold

Boyd Tonkin, Independent

Poignant and honest

Big Issue in the North

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    9780099563440

    September 2, 2013

    Vintage

    656 pages

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    9781448155606

    September 18, 2012

    Vintage Digital

    656 pages

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