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Joseph Anton

(2012)
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On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. 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 story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team. 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.

How do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for more than nine years? How does he go on working? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his thoughts and actions, how and why does he stumble, how does he learn to fight back? In this remarkable memoir Rushdie tells that story for the first time; the story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech. 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; and of how he regained his freedom.

It is a book of exceptional frankness and honesty, compelling, provocative, moving, and of vital importance. Because what happened to Salman Rushdie was the first act of a drama that is still unfolding somewhere in the world every day.



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September 2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: Joseph Anton
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0-224-09397-5 / 978-0-224-09397-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
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September 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Joseph Anton: A Memoir
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0-307-40136-7 / 978-0-307-40136-6 (USA edition)
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September 2012 : USA Hardback
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Title: Joseph Anton: A Memoir
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0-8129-9278-4 / 978-0-8129-9278-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Joseph Anton: A Memoir
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0-307-40137-5 / 978-0-307-40137-3 (USA edition)
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Joseph Anton: A Memoir
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0-8129-8260-6 / 978-0-8129-8260-2 (USA edition)
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Title: Joseph Anton
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ISBN: 0-09-956344-4 / 978-0-09-956344-0 (UK edition)
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September 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: Joseph Anton
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ISBN: 0-224-09398-3 / 978-0-224-09398-9 (UK edition)
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September 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Joseph Anton: A Memoir
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0-449-80781-9 / 978-0-449-80781-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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September 2012 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Joseph Anton
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
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Title: Joseph Anton
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September 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Joseph Anton: A Memoir
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September 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Joseph Anton: A Memoir
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
ISBN: 0-449-80783-5 / 978-0-449-80783-5 (USA edition)
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Title: Joseph Anton: A Memoir
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
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Title: Joseph Anton: A Memoir
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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Title: Joseph Anton: A Memoir
Author(s): Salman Rushdie
Publisher: Knopf Canada
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