Joseph Anton A Memoir

By: Rushdie, Salman

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Light shelf wear is evident. ; A bright, solid book, dustjacket in Mylar, unclipped. ; 9.30 X 5.90 X 1.70 inches; 636 pages; "On February 14, 1986, Valentine’s Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been “sentenced to death” by the Ayatollah Khomeini, a voice reaching across the world from Iran to kill him in his own country. 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, often harrowing story—filled too with surreal and funny moments—of how a writer was forced underground, moved from house to house, an armed police protection team living with him at all times for more than nine years. 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. He became “Joe.” How do a writer and his young family live day by day with the threat of murder for so long? How do you go on working? How do you keep love and joy alive? How does despair shape your thoughts and actions, how and why do you stumble, how do you learn to fight for survival? In this remarkable memoir, Rushdie tells that story for the first time. 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; of friendships (literary and otherwise) and love; and of how he regained his freedom."

Title: Joseph Anton A Memoir

Author Name: Rushdie, Salman

Categories: LITERATURE, Biographies, Biographies & Memoirs,

Edition: First Canadian Edition; First Printing

Publisher: Toronto, Knopf Canada: 2012

ISBN Number: 0307401367

ISBN Number 13: 9780307401366

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket

Seller ID: 18620

Keywords: fatwa Salman Rushdie Satanic verses