The author recalls his meeting with the celebrated and charming author over a decade ago, his wit, scholarship and tremendous willpower
The attack on him is a reminder that the pursuit of truth is always pitted against the bloody profanities of faith
In ‘Joseph Anton’, Salman Rushdie alleges that an early book review of ‘The Satanic Verses’ in India Today by the journalist Madhu Jain, “lit the fire”. He has not forgiven her for that. Here is Madhu Jain’s version of what transpired before the publication of what was in all probability the first book review of ‘The Satanic Verses’.
‘Satanic Verses’ was banned 20 years ago. In all the navel-gazing contemporary Indian fiction, where’s the book that has the power to offend?