Joseph Anton: A Memoir

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Joseph Anton: A Memoir Literary Non-Fiction
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Presents a memoir of the author's nine years spent underground after he was sentenced to death by the Ayatollah Khomeini for his controversial novel, "The Satanic Verses," describing how his family and he continued to live while constantly in hiding and under police protection.

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Placed under a fatwa by the Ayatollah Khomeini in February 1989, distinguished author Rushdie was forced underground to save his life. He needed an alias for use by the armed police assigned to protect him and so chose Joseph Anton, which blended the first names of two writers he loved, Conrad and Chekhov. Here he recounts over nine years of moving from safe house to safe house, mastering despair, fighting back, bonding with his protectors, and enlisting the support of governments, journalists, and fellow writers worldwide. His memoir matters not simply because of startling personal detail but because his experience presaged a global battle over freedom of speech that continues today. With a six-city tour; the extensive publicity includes an NPR campaign.

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