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September 28, 2012

Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie – review

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , — Bookblurb @ 12:38 pm

  Salman Rushdie’s account of surviving a fatwa is brutally honest and profound.

By Margaret Drabble

One of the heroes of Rushdie’s memoir is a handsome, tennis-playing, gun-carrying police protection officer called Stan, which may or may not be his real name. His first reaction to the fatwa was simple. “It can’t be allowed… threatening a British citizen. It’s not on. It’ll get sorted.” As we know, it took years to sort and arguments against the dying ayatollah’s death sentence span out of control into impassioned and often intemperate debates about the blasphemy laws, freedom of speech, the nature of fiction, cultural relativism, Islam, the narrowing of national identities and the alleged cost to the British nation of Stan, his colleagues and Operation Malachite. Rushdie’s bold, complex and literary novel, The Satanic Verses, was hijacked by the exterminating angels of wrath, a wrath that still flames around us. Some were killed, many were threatened. It continues.

Rushdie has now told his version of events and it is more gripping than any spy story. Having resisted commercial attempts to fictionalise his life, he has attempted to tell his own truth. It cannot have been easy. He kept a journal, but, being a clever and would-be honest man, he knows we deceive and bowdlerise even in our journals and admits it.

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