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Joseph Anton:A Memoir

Salman Rushdie

In 1989, the Ayatollah Khomeini declared a fatwa, a death sentence, on author Salman Rushdie for his novel, The Satanic Verses, citing it as a crime against Islam. For nine years, Rushdie and his family lived in hiding, protected by special police. During this time, Rushdie chose an alias, Joseph Anton, combining the first names of his two favorite authors. In this memoir, Rushdie recalls those years in asylum, its effect on him and his family, as they tried to live a regular life under a constant death threat.