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How does he go on working? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his thoughts and actions, and how does he learn to fight back? In this remarkable memoir, Rushdie tells that story for the first time; the story of the crucial battle for freedom of speech. He shares the sometimes grim, sometimes comic realities of living with armed policemen, and the close bonds he formed with his protectors; of his struggle for support and understanding from governments, intelligence chiefs, publishers, journalists, and fellow writers; and of how he regained his freedom.
Compelling, provocative, and moving, Joseph Anton is a book of exceptional frankness, honesty, and vital importance. Because what happened to Salman Rushdie was the first act of a drama that is still unfolding somewhere in the world every day. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Joseph Anton , please sign up.
Anyone else find this page turner memorable? Amazing sense of humor depicting this scary situation. I enjoyed and respect the quality of the writing, every paragraph expertly crafted. It's funny that author named the page of his in famous S. Me neither! But this memoir is spellbinding. Kathy Yes. I enjoyed the humor as well, and the way he named names and called out the people "in charge" who either didn't take him seriously, or took his …more Yes. I enjoyed the humor as well, and the way he named names and called out the people "in charge" who either didn't take him seriously, or took his situation too seriously.
See 1 question about Joseph Anton…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Sep 22, Petal X rated it liked it Shelves: biography-true-story , reviewed. He didn't need the publicity, he didn't need the money, he knew as a highly-educated man brought up as a Muslim, exactly what he was doing and still he did it and brought death and destruction in the wake of his book, The Satanic Verses.
It was a kind of Pyrrhic victory, being morally in the right but impossible to justify when weighed against the many deaths that resulted. Those fundamentalist Muslims were determined to enforce at least outward respect for their 'values' just as he knew they wo He didn't need the publicity, he didn't need the money, he knew as a highly-educated man brought up as a Muslim, exactly what he was doing and still he did it and brought death and destruction in the wake of his book, The Satanic Verses.
Those fundamentalist Muslims were determined to enforce at least outward respect for their 'values' just as he knew they would. They were all, to a man, completely wrong. It was a book, it was a popular book, not great literature destined to live forever. So it trod on religious sensibilities, was it worth all the killings and burnings just so the perpetrators could feel they had avenged themselves, saying it was their prophet they were avenging? Islam, the word itself has the root 'peace' the consonants SLM, salaam, shalom yet the more fervent fundamentalist interpreters of that religion practise anything but that.
Would Mohammed himself have rejoiced or condemned all the killings just because of his depiction in such a piece of ephemera? If he would have rejoiced in all those killings, wouldn't it give anyone pause for thought that this leader might not be showing the right path through life? Or, much, much more probable, that they had mis interpreted Mohammed in such a violent and wicked way because that was their natures, their intentions projected on to him to justify their own disgusting actions.
In the end, with the Satanic Verses, he swapped fame for notoriety and this autobiography isn't going to help put him back on his literary pedestal. View all 24 comments. I read a lot, though I also write a lot. I write short stories, poetry and essays. I write reviews every day to practice writing and to capture my thoughts on certain topics. I even have a 1st draft of a fantasy novel that is some weird hybrid of Avatar and A Game of Thrones that I wrote when I was nineteen. My point is, I read to write and I am always trying to get better.
I am mainly a critic, though the more I read the more creative ideas I get. Somewhere around half way through Joseph Anton I stopped reading and I started writing, really writing. There was a line in the text that stood out to me; I have lost in since, though Rushdie emphasised the use of personal experience combined with representations of the contemporary in order to create successful fiction: fiction that is relevant and driven by real human emotion.
I found myself agreeing and began pouring my thoughts into a notepad. I may grow board and never finish. I may reach the end and burn it out of disgust or I may actually start to edit it and go from there. What I am trying to say with this review, is that hearing the literary experience of another writer inspired me to start taking things a little more seriously.
I have been less active on here for the last few months because I have been busy. I am now writing a novel again, for the first time in five years.
What will be will be. View all 4 comments. Sep 15, Jafar rated it it was ok. I found it unreadable in spite of my immense curiosity for the book. But I picked up this book with great interest to see what Rushdie went through and how he coped with the aftermath of that infamous fatwa. To read the account of this struggle from Rushdie himself is be annoyed by the man. He comes from a Muslim background. I found his knowledge of Islam and its history and its thinkers and classical Persian literature!
He knew what he was doing, and he did it. He was accused by a lot of people of being ungrateful and egotistical. Lots of self-righteous anger and vengeful score-settling with publishers, journalists, friends, ex-wives, security personnel, politicians, etc. He does his best, but at the end he still comes off as self-centered. Rushdie is a fine writer, but I like him less as a person after reading his memoir. View all 17 comments. 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.
A lot of people seem to find Rushdie coming across as arrogant or pompous.
This is something I totally disagree with and in fact I think one of the issues he actually covers in this book. As the media saw and treated him as arrogant for quite a long time. To me he honestly doesn't come across as arrogant. Something else people were critical about is the way th 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.
Something else people were critical about is the way the book is written in third person. I thought this strange at the beginning. But looking back, after finishing the book, I think it might have helped him through writing the memoir. It gives him the opportunity to take a step back from his life and look at it from a bird eye view.
So for me it actually felt like quite an interesting way to write your auto-biography. I actually started reading the book to help me with an essay on Midnight's Children. I didn't finish before I finished the essay, but I just got so pulled into Rushdie's story that I couldn't put it own after finishing the essay. Also I find it very difficult to leave a book unfinished.
After Midnight's Children this was obviously very different, but there are definitely similarities in writing style. I found the whole book very compelling and it reads very smoothly. When reading Rushdie I just want to write down quotes all the time. Sometimes I just have to read one sentence over and over again because it's so beautiful. I have to say I think I've become a fan. I don't think many of my study buddies will agree with me, but I like Mr.
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Rushdie, I really do! View all 9 comments. Nov 11, Correen rated it really liked it. It took a commitment to finish this book but I was pleased to have done it. Rushdie's manner is sometimes arrogant and seemingly self-involved but he is wonderfully talented and unafraid to let the reader judge him. He analyzes his circumstances and his own thinking and he challenges his reader to understand Salmon's predicament. His story of threat and exile should not be lost as it is significant to our future freedom of speech and artistic expression, our quality of life and even our survival It took a commitment to finish this book but I was pleased to have done it.
His story of threat and exile should not be lost as it is significant to our future freedom of speech and artistic expression, our quality of life and even our survival. Rushdie's tell-all provides insight into societal fears, courage and cowardice of leaders, instability and unreliability of media, and the importance of personal involvement in maintaining our civil rights.
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I was impressed that Rushdie did not hide his personal foibles, anger, infidelity, and self-centered behavior as he recounted his talents, connections, and successes. Apr 11, Christina rated it really liked it Shelves: biography , non-fiction , As you are fighting a battle that may cost you your life, is the thing for which you are fighting worth loosing your life for?
So I will just come right out and say that I really liked this book. Yes, he namedrops on every page. Yes, he of course paints a mostly positive picture of himself but who would As you are fighting a battle that may cost you your life, is the thing for which you are fighting worth loosing your life for?
Yes he knows his own worth and uses this opportunity to settle a few scores. But still, I enjoyed every page of this and read and read and read. This of course is the story of the famous fatwa. On February 14th, , Rushdie receives a phone call, informing him that Ayatollah Khomeini has sentenced him to death because of his novel, The Satanic Verses.
This book details then his life for the next 12 years, trying to live as normal as possible while being under constant police protection, moving from house to house, relying on the kindness of his friends, driving bulletproof cars and trying to survive, both mentally and physically. He writes about his private life, his childhood, his years in school, his marriages, his children, his attempt to be a father in these most extraordinary circumstances. A leader of a state does not have to right to condemn the citizen of another state to death.
So Rushdie struggles with Government officials, ministers and the leaders of his protection service to get them to continue to protect him and to allow him to live as free a life as possible so he can be a father, be a man and a writer, and do the publicity necessary to promote his books. A strange thing with this book is that even though it is a memoir, it is written in the third person.
Rushdie never writes I but writes he, even when writing about his own thoughts.
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I actually really liked this because for me, it felt like Rushdie was standing outside his life, looking in, trying to make sense of what happened to him. For me, it worked! The book really shows what kind of man he is. He writes about his process when writing books, about getting ideas and using things from his real life experience in his books. And he writes about all his books in a way which makes me want to read them. And I love that while he shares all the famous writers, actors, politicians etc he meets, he also writes about how proud he is to complete his Super Mario game and how he thinks Birkenstocks is the uncoolest footwear, except for Crocs p.
I really enjoyed how he shows his humor throughout the book even though he battles depression throughout these years, living with a constant death sentence over his head. Who has, who should have, the power not only to tell the stories within which, we all lived, but also to say in what manner those stories may be told? For everyone lived by and inside stories, the so-called grand narratives. The nation was a story, and the family was another, and religion was a third. As a creative artist he knew that the only answer to the question was: Everyone and anyone has, or should have that power.
When I began reading this novel, I had to come to terms with something. Now, how could I reconcile supporting Rushdie and believing him to be in the right while not supporting these drawings? Whether you agree or disagree with someone, they should always be allowed to talk, to say their mind. You have to use words to defeat words, not guns or bombs or knives. In Denmark, we have just had another case of a journalist known for criticizing Islam being attacked and attempted assassinated.
We still have to fight for freedom of speech. Rushdie survived the fatwa and lived to see it being put to rest. The value of art lies in the love it engenders, not the hatred. It is love that makes books last. Oct 07, umang rated it it was ok. 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.
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. 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. He also reveals himself to be something of a misogynist when he details how crazy yet another ex-wife is.
All personal responsibility is absolved when he says he felt guilty about treating someone badly, or that they manipulated him into it. And maybe by writing a memoir in the third person. But most disappointing of all is the way the author speaks of religion. He was obviously tremendously wronged by the fatwa, but the views he expressed here sounded recidivist and strikingly intolerant.
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He lumps together Islamic fundamentalists and most other Muslims, possibly offering a brief and unmemorable disclaimer. He also condemns individuals for practicing religion of any kind but Islam most resoundingly. I saw him at readings several times, and he was engaging and well-spoken. I also love his work, so all in all, this is a very sad view into someone who comes across as talented author making a fool of himself pursuing celebrity during a cliched midlife crisis. I was somewhat bewildered by his shift into pop culture over recent years, but didn't really pay much attention, so this was somewhat jarring.
Going to be hard to expunge the memory of this sufficiently to continue to read or re-read and enjoy his work. Those of you who love him and find it hard to appreciate literary work of those who irk you you know who you are , beware. View 2 comments.
I don't even know what to think about this thing. About the first half is really great - even written in the Bob Dole-ish autobiographical third person - gripping, suspenseful, detailed. But the book just dies about halfway through - he starts eliding weeks, months and years, and then disastrously starts flashing forward at the same time as if he thinks he's writing a late Lost episode near the very end he calls attention to "his Dickensian, let's-tie-up-the-loose-strings seat in the future" wh I don't even know what to think about this thing.
But the book just dies about halfway through - he starts eliding weeks, months and years, and then disastrously starts flashing forward at the same time as if he thinks he's writing a late Lost episode near the very end he calls attention to "his Dickensian, let's-tie-up-the-loose-strings seat in the future" which is obviously , when he's writing the book, except its action ends pretty much in so it just becomes really hard to tell what's even happening when.
And he turns terribly sexist, shallow and obsessed with celebrities to boot. But no, we wind up hearing a lot about Bono and Hitchens and Padma. Oh, do we ever hear about Padma. Eight years of relationship are compressed into an insultingly small number of pages, and yet the second-hand embarrassment -- dare I say, shame? It's obvious he feels people got sick of his story even while it was still happening to him, his family, his friends and protectors , and that it's been told and retold so many times in such distorted ways that this fancy-ass attempt at depicting himself unstuck in time is how he's trying to make it new.
And, possibly, describe the great disconnected swathe of time in his life when he was really not himself. But the best parts of the book are when he simply and directly presents his own emotions. When he writes about literature, his thoughts aren't that novel and at times teeter on cliche but are given force and power by his actual lived experience; when he writes about politics it's just disastrous. Usually when a book is this thin it's because the author's tried to write it too quickly after the actual events; but he's had ten years since the willed happy ending, when his protection is removed by mutual consent and he hails a cab, and it's hard to think any more time would deepen his reflections.
Perhaps the unintentional point is that some experiences are so huge and shattering you don't ever really move on past them, digest them, contain them. When people go nuts or get addicted or suffer some other near-unendurable trauma of the spirit, what they, and their families and loved ones, always want is my old life back. I want him back. I want her back. I want what we had.
But you don't get to go back; if you're lucky, you get to go forward, but it's really not at all the same thing. Just remember: 'And William Styron's genitalia are unexpectedly on display one convivial evening at Martha's Vineyard. View all 13 comments. Aug 29, Amar Pai rated it it was ok Shelves: cursorily-skimmed. I don't think Rushdie's 3rd person affectation works well at all.
It made me remember, I don't actually like Rushdie's writing all that much. Gave up on The Satanic Verses after 20 pages. I guess I got caught up in his life story and forgot about his qualities as a writer which is ironic cos it's precisely the condition he so deplores, his literary qualities getting eclipsed by his status as a current event I think his crazy life does merit a biography.
I just wish someone else had written this. A disinterested third party would have been useful cos as it stands this book comes across as a lot of score-settling, vindictive gossiping and not-being-above-it-all I want to live in a world where you can draw Mohammed without getting threatened with death.
I mean what century are we living in?