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Salman Rushdie, “Joseph Anton,” 2012

Salman Rushdie discussing his memoir of his years in hiding from the fatwa, “Joseph Anton” with host Richard Wolinsky, recorded September 25, 2012.

The recent attack on the famed author brought back memories of the fatwa issued by the Ayatollah Khomeini regarding the publication of the novel “The Satanic Verses.” The death threat forced Salman Rushdie into hiding for a decade, out of which he emerged and eventually resumed a normal life.

In this wide-ranging interview, he discusses how it affected his life, the life of those around him, and the nature of religious fanaticism. Transcript