Salman Rushdie Writing Memoir About the Many Years People Were Trying to Kill Him


Salman Rushdie is working on a memoir about the years he was forced to spend in hiding after the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him in 1989, calling for Rushdie's death and putting a bounty on his head, after the publication of Rushdie's allegedly blasphemous The Satanic Verses. Rushdie began to emerge from hiding seven years later, but it wasn't until 1998 that the Iranian government officially stopped backing the decree. Rushdie tells Reuters, "So far I feel that I’m right," to be writing it. "I’m not getting churned up and upset, I’m just writing it and I’m feeling quite pleased to be writing it." [ArtsBeat/NYT]