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Salman Rushdie

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 17 September 2012

In a special edition of Start the Week Andrew Marr talks to Salman Rushdie. For a decade the writer was forced to live under police protection after being 'sentenced to death' by the Ayatollah Khomeini following the publication of his novel, The Satanic Verses. He talks about living in hiding, under an alias, Joseph Anton, and how he gradually secured his freedom. Rushdie argues that we are 'story-telling animals', but more than twenty years since his controversial book was banned around the world, Andrew Marr asks what impact this has had on the stories we tell.

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    Joseph Anton - A Memoir is published by Jonathan Cape.

    Imagine...The Fatwa - Salman's Story is on BBC One on Wednesday 19 September at 10.45pm.

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