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October 11, 2012

Sir Salman Rushdie: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey makes Twilight look like War and Peace’

Sir Salman Rushdie

Sir Salman Rushdie has admitted that one of his least favourite books is ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’, saying that it makes the Twilight series look “look like ‘War and Peace’.”

By Chris Irvine

The author of ‘The Satanic Verses’ and ‘Midnight’s Children’ said that he had read a page or two of the book on Amazon, but quipped: “I’ve never read anything so badly written that got published. It made ‘Twilight’ look like ‘War and Peace.'”

Fifty Shades of Grey has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, despite critical reception of the novel being at best mixed.

The Twilight saga is a series of vampire-themed teen romance novels by US author Stephanie Meyer that has been turned into a hugely successful film series starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart.

Sir Salman was speaking over the weekend at the New York Festival, in New York, and was discussing ‘Joseph Anton’, his new memoir about the fatwa declared on him in 1989 by Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

He also talked about the cathartic experience of finally writing his story.

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