Salman Rushdie's memoir of his time in hiding during the Ayatollah's fatwa started out very promising - a real life cloak and dagger story! EMBED (for wordpress.com hosted blogs and archive.org item tags) Want more? On February 14, 1989, Valentine’s Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC … share. Me neither! Joseph Anton : a memoir Rushdie , Salman , Rushdie , Salman On February 14, 1986, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death "by … EMBED. No_Favorite. Hold on a moment. an important book.”—USA Today “Compelling, affecting . Salman Rushdie once again comes with another masterpiece work of art in which he recounts dispassionately his fatwa years in hiding and many interesting ,delectable experiences after the publication of a classic Satanic Verses, tragically and stupidly banned in the country of his birth! The name Joseph Anton is one the police forced him to invent and use for his own protection. Joseph Anton is a splendid book, the finest new memoir to cross my desk in many a year -- Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Funny, painfully moving and absolutely necessary to read -- Nicholas Shakespeare, Daily Telegraph Joseph Anton … Joseph Anton is hardly a conventional memoir. Synopsis 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. This was a chore to read. The treatment of these unfortunate women is surprisingly childish; he sounded like a preteen talking about how victimized he was by Padma Lakshmi (and his second wife). And a nightmare it was. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. He also discovered who his true friends were and who was craven in the face of threat. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 21, 2012. Throughout the decade of the fatwa, pronounced in 1988 and eventually lifted in 1998, Rushdie lived under an assumed identity, adopting the pseudonym Joseph Anton in a personal homage to the writers Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov. Devoid of a sugar coating, the reader is confronted by stifling reality of living under a fatwa. The British-Indian novelist's third-person account of the firestorm surrounding The Satanic Verses is harrowing as he's hounded, under the pseudonym "Joseph Anton," and moved from one … Really can't recommend it, despite the fact that I have always admired his sacrifice for freedom of speech. ”—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post “Thoughtful and astute . It was the first time Rushdie heard the word fatwa. *Starred Review* Rushdie accomplishes many wondrous and momentous feats in this profound and galvanizing memoir. Has blasphemy been freed or constrained by TSV? Joseph Anton is the pseudonym Salman Rushdie had to adopt for security reasons during the decade or so he spent in hiding after the Ayatollah Khomeini placed a fatwa on him after the publication of The Satanic Verses, which Khomeini deemed to be blasphemous. How does he continue to work when deprived of his freedom? Forthright about his personal struggles and immensely grateful to all who championed his cause, Rushdie elucidates what literature does for us and why artistic and intellectual freedoms truly are matters of life and death. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. A fascinating, detailed, disturbing and sad insight. And hearing the tales of his youth and early adulthood, the reader senses that he had all these qualities well before Iran's fatwa forced him into his nine years in semi-hiding, which are the central focus of the book. I stammered out, "Yes, you're my favorite author," and Mr. Rushdie said, "Oh, that's nice. I was reluctantly pulled toward him, while my captor belted out, "SALMAN, YOU ARE HER FAVORITE AUTHOR!" NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY San Francisco … This is something I totally disagree with and in fact I think one of the issues he actually covers in this book. Salman Rushdie’s Joseph Anton: A Memoir is an engaging account of Rushdie’s life in the aftermath of the fatwa issued against him in 1989 (in effect, the Ayatollah Khomeini sentenced him to death for blasphemy against the Prophet for his novel, The Satanic Verses). His dedication to reason and fierce rejection of fundamentalism is a tribute to the philosophers whose ideas advanced civilization. A lot of people seem to find Rushdie coming across as arrogant or pompous. Strong ideas welcomed dissent.”, “The lessons one learns at school are not always the ones the school thinks it's teaching.”, James Tait Black Memorial Prize Nominee for Biography (2012), Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction Nominee for Longlist (2012), Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Nonfiction (2013), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Memoir & Autobiography (2012). NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY San Francisco Chronicle • Newsweek/The Daily Beast • The Seattle … Writing a novel, The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet, and the Quran." I had pre-ordered this book even before its release and finished in less than a fortnight. Here he is, for instance, honoured one moment by a telephone call of support from the director of the Frankfurt Book Fair and the next forced to hide in his own home while its dodgy fixtures are examined by a 'West Indian plumber'. He was asked to … Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Joseph Anton: A … Joseph Anton is Rushdie's memoir of the years he spent, mostly in hiding, under the Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa. A remarkable book that is an autobiographical account of the days when the Ayatolla Khomenie issued a "Fatwah" to kill him for blasphemy of the religion and the Quran. I've never been a fan of Salman Rushdie's genre of magical realism and I've never been able to finish one of his novels, yet I found his memoir "Joseph Anton" compelling. The author however never cries out so but the note of honesty rings loud and clear in every page that provokes in the reader a sense of respect and adoration. Unputdownable guilty pleasure; naughty but nice, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 22, 2015. Rushdie tells the full, astonishing, and necessary story of his 13 hellish years of threats, risk, and protective isolation in a passionately detailed, sardonically witty, and intensely dramatic third-person chronicle of a landmark battle in the war for liberty in the Muslim world. De quoi nourrir vos convictions personnelles avec la référence Joseph Anton si la seconde main fait partie intégrante de vos habitudes d'achat. Redwood5454 , 11/04/2012. Partager cette fiche produit Partagez sur Facebook Twittez Partagez sur Pinterest Envoyez par E-Mail. I am going through personal and professional trials. Hardcover. Salman Rushdie's memoir of his time in hiding during the Ayatollah's fatwa started out very promising - a real life cloak and dagger story! He details his ups and downs, his tragedies and triumphs with great detail and honesty. It is frightening, tragic, depressing, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and occasionally hilariously funny. “When...did it become irrational to dislike religion, any religion, even to dislike it vehemently? The man in the center of the cyclone I preferred the shorter New Yorker version, because it was so compelling, but for just that reason I had to read the longer book. Halaman ini terakhir diubah pada 22 Desember 2020, pukul 01.51. “Joseph Anton” is a splendid book, the finest new memoir to cross my desk in many a year. It was "an artistic … After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. His crime? And a nightmare it was. It makes you sympathise. ― Salman Rushdie, Joseph Anton: A Memoir. memoir to cross my desk in many a year. Its title refers to the pseudonym Rushdie used while in hiding, after the Islamic Republic of Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Khomeini… I'm glad I read this book, but... wow, what an asshole. Writing in third person under the identity that rancorously stuck to him for an entire decade or more, this book was more of an exercise to shed the last shreds of that fake identity and his return to the world as the Salman he always wanted to be. I have just finished reading memoirs of "Joseph Anton" written by Salman Rushdie and released last week. Son crime? . He also reveals himself to be s, In the first few chapters, I was a bit surprised at the gossipy, somewhat catty tone, and figured it would be chatty and light and fun, but alas: petty grievances aired, endless names dropped, revenge exacted for real or perceived insults of either the author's conduct or writing, ex-wives trashed. Please try again. Une autobiographie [Joseph Anton. I decided to read this book as I became older, as it became apparent how limited and restricted our view of what it means to be 'free' means. Afterward, I was annoyed with my captor for thrusting me into the meeting so abruptly, without giving me time to prepare. His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world. 2012 I remember some of the headlines he writes about. Joseph Anton . He is sensitive and funny, sympathetic, outraged and outrageous, ironic and sardonic, pompous, petulant, sweet, sometimes unreasonable, often understanding, always sparkling with knowledge and intelligence. He often comes across as arrogant and small-minded. It was the … In Joseph Anton, Rushdie tells the remarkable story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech.Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Biography Prize. Rushdie entertains the reader with stories of his early life in India and Pakistan, his parents, his boarding school years in England, his early literary career (successes and failures), his wives (a succession of four of them), his sons, his views of Islam and other religions, his writing of The Satanic Verses and the disastrous fallout, his "prot" (protection) teams, and his many celebrity friends and acquaintances (whose names he drops continually and about whom he gossips, complains, and waxes adoringly). I loved this book. It's a fantastic story of what hell and suffering he underwent and how he spent a long period condemned in isolation, humiliation, with death constantly hanging over his head. It is a page turner -- Rushdie gives a personal account of the nightmarish decade of the fatwa as he fought battles at various ends. Other Editions of This Title: Digital Audiobook (9/17/2012) Compact Disc (9/18/2012) Hardcover (9/18/2012) List Price: 18.00* * Individual store prices may vary. About the first half is really great - even written in the Bob Dole-ish autobiographical third person - gripping, suspenseful, detailed. Joseph Anton : a memoir Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item. EMBED (for wordpress.com hosted blogs and archive.org item tags) Want more? In one section, he. An invisible, silenced man was an empty space into which others could pour their … 2 likes. La solidarité continue ! Aujourd'hui sur Rakuten, 183 Joseph Anton vous attendent au sein de notre rayon . To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being “against Islam, the Prophet, and the Quran.”. He explains how, decades later, when British protection officers asked him to come up with an alias, really a nom de guerre, Rushdie concocted Joseph Anton in homage to Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov. 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. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground for more than nine years, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team. Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie, Paperback | Barnes & Noble®. To me it gave insight into the origins of Islam. What exactly is the significance of his tradesman's ethnicity to this sense of shame? Unable to add item to List. This is his own account of how he was forced to live in hiding for over a decade; at once intimate and explosive, this is the personal tale behind the international story.How does a man live with the constant threat of murder? The fatwa, which was announced on Valentine's Day, 1989, has never been officially revoked; in … Like “Enough of invisibility, silence, timidity, defensiveness, guilt! Salman Rushdie. However, for me, as I made my way deeper and deeper into the world that became less Rushdie and more Joe, it let inside the head of not Salman but any 'Joe' whose right of expression is curbed by the narrowed vision of a clique of fundamentalists, powerful enough to force the British intelligence to assess and rate the risk factor at Level 2. We’d love your help. All personal responsibility is absolved when he says he felt guilty about treating someone badly, or that they manipulated him into it. A magnificent defence of literary freedom, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 25, 2013. The fatwa, which was announced on Valentine's Day, 1989, has never been officially revoked; in 1998, the Iranian government proclaimed that it would neither support nor hinder attempts to assassinate the author, but there is still a $3 million-plus bounty on his head. I was pondering the reviews of this book on Goodreads the other day, as I was almost finished and just wondering what other people think. Thank you." It's a fantastic story of what hell and suffering he underwent and how he spent a long period condemned in isolation, humiliation, with death constantly hanging over his head. He recalls a reading of Midnight's Children in which an Indian lady stood up and told him, "Thank you, Mr. Rushdie, because you have told my story." Joseph Anton is a splendid book, the finest new memoir to cross my desk in many a year -- Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Funny, painfully moving and absolutely necessary to read -- Nicholas Shakespeare, Daily Telegraph Joseph Anton is a book that makes you laugh. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Joseph Anton: A Memoir Livre d'occasion écrit par Rushdie, Salman paru en 2008 aux éditions Random House. The treatment of these unfortunate women is surprisingly childish; he sounded like a preteen talking about how victimized he was by Padma Lakshmi (and his second wife). Buku tersebut dipublikasikan pada September 2012 oleh Random House. Then we both walked away, not wanting to prolong the forced moment. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. At first I had a hard time getting used to the third person, but I really understand why he used third person: it would have been very painful to think of that as yourself. But the book just. The fight against fanaticism needed visible faces, audible voices. Praise for Joseph Anton ... Joseph Anton: Sous-titre: A Memoir: Auteur: Salman Rushdie. In this account of that part of his life spent under threat of death for writing a novel, Salman Rushdie sets the record straight by presenting his version of events for the first time . There was a problem loading your book clubs. Description. I was reluctantly pulled toward him, while my captor belted out, "SALMAN, YOU ARE HER FAVORITE AUTHOR!" If I had been able to collect my thoughts, I imagine the scene would have played out similarly to one in Rushdie's new memoir, Joseph Anton: A Memoir. ), I don't even know what to think about this thing. On September 25, 2012, Salman Rusdie spoke of his memoir and experiences of living under a fatwa by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Advanced embedding details, examples, and help! Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. When were the fairy stories of the superstitious placed above criticism, beyond satire? Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Joseph Anton: A Memoir. But never so much as in reading his third person memoir which treats his life with a primary focus on the Satanic Verses controversy. He would be quiet no longer. This memoir deals primarily with Rushdie’s life during this period of hiding but also touches upon his life before and after this time. As the media saw and treated him as arrogant for quite a long time. And hearing the tales of his youth and early adulthood, the reader senses that he had all these qualities well before Iran's fatwa forced him. I don't love magical realism generally--I hated Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude--and Rushdie's version struck me as particularly heavy-handed, jejune and, … Rushdie's book is an important part of the twentieth century history of struggle for Freedom of Expression. His novel The Satanic Verses was accused of being “against Islam, the Prophet, and the Quran.” This is a memoir of the 10 years he went into hiding and was under police protection because of this fatwa. When Salman Rushdie was abruptly forced into hiding by the declaration of a fatwa against him for his novel. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. The book is both a gripping account of his life under the fatwa, and a ringing defence of the importance of creative literature, and its need to be free of political or religious censorship. This book was necessary; it was necessary to finally illuminate the following when the Satanic Verses was written: Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 23, 2015. He shares the now strangely foreshadowing fact that his ardent storyteller father invented their last name, paying tribute to Ibn Rushd, a twelfth-century Spanish Arab philosopher who argued for rationalism over Islamic literalism. One wonders how strange the world of writing and th. I have just finished reading memoirs of "Joseph Anton" written by Salman Rushdie and released last week. What a moment we would have had then! Up front: I am a huge fan of Salman Rushdie’s writing. He and I both blinked at each other, aware of the awkwardness of the situation. You know that question that’s asked every year, which writer who hasn’t yet won should be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature? Though this autobiography did not change that opinion significantly, it did make me appreciate much more how difficult his life has been. flavorwire most anticipated books of fall 2012, American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon, The Disappeared: How the fatwa changed a writer's life, Head to www.EverydayeBook.com for more eBook reviews. His crime? A Memoir] Trad. In his newly released memoir Joseph Anton, which is narrated in the third person, Rushdie briefly describes how he went through a phase when he found himself immersed in Super Mario Bros, the … . Gestalt Psychology in German Culture, 1890 1967 Mitchell G. Ash English Book. It is written in the third person, a conceit that works well enough as a way of recounting the alienating experience of living under cover while hearing one's real name condemned by Muslim leaders world-wide. Welcome back. For over a decade, Salman Rushdie dwelt in a world of secrecy and disguise, a world of security guards and armoured cars, of aliases and code names. Malgré le confinement, la boutique poursuit ses livraisons. . From the author of The Satanic Verses and Midnight’s Children comes an unflinchingly honest and fiercely funny account of a life turned upside-down.On Valentine’s Day, 1989, Salman Rushdie received a telephone call from a BBC journalist that would change his life forever: Ayatollah Khomeini, a leading Muslim scholar, had issued him with a death sentence. Vintage Digital; 0 edition (September 18, 2012), Reviewed in the United States on May 5, 2018. . Danielle Evans was just 26 when she released her short story collection Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self in 2010, a multi-award-winning... On February 14, 1989, Valentine’s Day, Salman Rushdie received a telephone call from a BBC journalist who told the author that he had been “sentenced to death” by the Ayatollah Khomeini. A fatwa is a religious edict authorizing Muslims to kill the heretic. Probably not a 5-star book, but one that I got 5-stars' worth of pleasure listening to--all 27 hours of it. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Code ISBN / EAN : La photo de couverture n’est pas contractuelle. “Joseph Anton” is a splendid book, the finest new memoir to cross my desk in many a year. Really can't recommend it. Rushdie knows how to tell a terrific story. I grew up with the consistent tabloid and news articles regarding the publication of the Satanic Verses; at that time, I didn't really care, it was another consistent, monotone dull item of news. Anda dapat membantu Wikipedia dengan mengembangkannya. 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. -Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post "A harrowing, deeply felt and revealing … Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Joseph Anton. Flag this item for. Refresh and try again. Joseph Anton: A Memoir adalah sebuah buku autobiografi karya penulis India Britania, Salman Rushdie. Le 14 février 1989, Salman Rushdie reçut un coup de téléphone d’un journaliste de la BBC : il avait été «condamné à mort» par l'Ayatollah Khomeiny. Synopsis On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been … I have always admired Rushdie for the brilliance of his writing, and I confess, for his occasional appearances on TV talk shows where his smoothly sardonic interjections often stir the latent intellects of other participants. I enjoyed and respect the quality of the writing, every paragraph expertly crafted. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Slightly irritated by the use of the third person narration but otherwise fascinated by Salman Rushdie's own description of his life following the fatwa issued by the Ayatollah. Anyone else find this page turner memorable? Whether it is the actual fear from the threats by Muslim extremists, the restrictions placed on his movements by the police and security officials, the reaction of media, the public reaction or his own family member's reaction, we see the effects on Rushdie's life. Rushdie knows how to tell a terrific story. Joseph Anton: A Memoir is the 2012 memoir of British-Indian contemporary novelist Salman Rushdie. I wanted to quit over and over again, but I felt like I had to persist and finish it anyway. Et cela, aussi bien du côté du neuf que des produits Joseph Anton occasion. "Joseph Anton, une autobiographie" est un grand et magnifique livre dont la traduction du titre commençait par une erreur : le traducteur comprend de travers le sous-titre original,, "a memoir", un mémoire (des Mémoires), non une autobiographie. A Memoir. This book is a detailed description of Salman Rushdie's life during the time he was in hiding due to the fatwa. September 18, 2012 • In 1989, Iran's leader issued an edict that sentenced Salman Rushdie to death for writing the novel The Satanic Verses. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 15, 2013. Rushdie used "Joseph Anton" as a pseudonym while … Code EAN: 9780812982602: ISBN: 0812982606: Format: Couverture cartonnée: nombre de pages: 636: Poids: 495g: Taille: H203mm x B131mm x T40mm: Année: 2013: Vu en dernier . [1] Rushdie used "Joseph Anton" as a … It was the first time Rushdie heard the word fatwa. Just when I was about to give up, a good page or two would pop up and keep me going through the next thicket of dreariness. Joseph Anton represents the first … It is filled with name dropping, receiving awards and dinner parties. Effacer l’historique. These promotions will be applied to this item: Some promotions may be combined; others are not eligible to be combined with other offers. With threats on his life, Rushdie was put under the protection of the Special Branch of the Municipal Police and the next eleven years of his life were constrained by moving him from house to house (it was incumbent upon Rushdie to locate residences that he could rent or borrow from friends), his name was changed to Joseph Anton after two of his cherished writers Conrad and Chekhov, his marriage disintegrated, he could rarely see his son, the literary community was divided among those who strongly supported his stance for freedom of the press and those who felt he had brought trouble upon them. In Joseph Anton, Rushdie refers to himself in the third person, which can sometimes be confusing, but for the most part the book's prose is precise and clean. His first fictions, he observes, were the upbeat letters he sent to his parents in India, concealing his boarding-school miseries in cold and racist 1960s England. Especially given that he hurt nicer women in the process. By: Salman Rushdie. Rushdie was prevented from attending conferences and award ceremonies, though he finally rebelled against those strictures. Other Editions of This Title: Digital Audiobook (9/17/2012) Compact Disc (9/18/2012) Paperback (9/10/2013) Description. Joseph Anton : a memoir Item Preview remove-circle Share or Embed This Item . The book could have been 400 pages thinner. Joseph Anton (Paperback) A Memoir. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in. An invisible, silenced man was an empty space into which others could pour their prejudices, their agendas, their wrath. It was an idea, and ideas stood (or fell) because they were strong enough (or too weak) to withstand criticism, not because they were shielded from it. Its title refers to the pseudonym Rushdie used while in hiding, after the Islamic Republic of Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, enacted a political and religious injunction (called a “fatwa”) against him. To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the … His interest in religion was cultural and historic, something that didn’t fit with the zealots and passages of the book were hotly denounced by Imams throughout the Muslim world and ended up with a fatwa by the Ayatollah against Rushdie. But before you jump to the obvious conclusion there's a context here: this is the same Rushdie who castigates his police protectors for breaking his floors with their big feet and his chairs with their plebeian arses, while offending his amour propre by reducing his carefully crafted literary pseudonym to the more manageable monosyllabic 'Joe'. He learned to focus on his inner life, cherish kindred spirits, and navigate adversity, skills that served him well after the Ayatollah Khomeini issued his fatwa, sentencing Rushdie to death for writing The Satanic Verses (1988). That said, having heard Mr. Rushdie speak and/or be interviewed on a number of occasions, for what it’s worth, I can’t say that I’m a fan of the persona he presents. Some may complain that, at more than 600 pages, it is too long, but it never seemed so to me, … So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground for … I trembled along with him. Rushdie is one of the writers on my list. Joseph Anton is Rushdie's memoir of the years he spent, mostly in hiding, under the Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa. Graphic Violence ; Graphic Sexual Content ; texts. I had pre-ordered this book even before its release and finished in less than a fortnight. Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie Jonathan Cape 656pp $35.00 AU Published September, 2012 ISBN 9780224093989; In late May 1968, a few weeks after the riots in Paris and a few nights … So less the racist, perhaps, more just the old school snob? . Sam Dastor’s audio narration is perfect. Main Joseph Anton : a memoir. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He details his ups and downs, his tragedies and triumphs with great detail and honesty. One wonders how strange the world of writing and the writers is and how the convoluted and fierce battles for controlling the story and the narrative are fought among various institutions, political, religious, social and others and and how fragile is the freedom of expression to which we do our lip service from time to time. When did reason get redescribed as unreason? Some of the pre-release reviews said that the book provides the reader the required tools of understanding and the urge to go back to his books once again and take another look. Asked to choose an alias that the police could use, he thought of combinations of the names of writers he loved: Conrad and Chekhov: Joseph Anton. There was a lot of name-dropping of well-known authors, actors and politicians, some who supported him and some who resented him, and a lot of ruminating about the importance of his own work. Account & Lists Account Returns & Orders. Joseph Anton: A Memoir - Ebook written by Salman Rushdie. Like “Enough of invisibility, silence, timidity, defensiveness, guilt! He thought of writers he loved and combinations of their names; then it came to him: Conrad and Chekhov--Joseph Anton. In his new memoir Joseph Anton, which describes his life in hiding for more than a decade, Rushdie claims that The Satanic Verses was his "least political book". 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