Indian-born author Salman Rushdie was building a solid literary reputation in the 1980s. His novels won several prestigious awards.
But it was his fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, that earned him not accolades, but I death sentence, pronounced by Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini
Rushdie spent the next several years essentially in hiding, with constant death threats hanging over him.
Gradually, however, he re-emerged in public, and by 2002 was again going on author tours. That’s when I first met him, as we talked about his non-fiction book Step Across This Line.
So here now from 2002 Salman Rushdie.
Salman Rushdie is 76 now/.
One year ago this weekend Rushdie was attacked on stage at a lecture in New York. He was seriously injured. His attacker was arrested and charged with attempted murder. The government of Iran has denied any involvement.
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