New Delhi: Salman Rushdie has written a memoir based on the time he spent hiding while under a fatwa that sentenced him to death in 1989.
"For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being 'against Islam, the Prophet and the Quran'," says his website.
His novel 'The Satanic Verses' was accused by the Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini as insulting the prophet Mohammed. The author then spent more than nine years in hiding. The alias he adopted, Joseph Anton, was based on the first names of two writers he loved: Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov.
The book talks about various facets of Rushdie's life, like, how do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for over nine years? How does he go on working? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his thoughts and actions, how and why does he stumble, how does he learn to fight back?
In this memoir Rushdie tells his story for the first time. According to his website, "He talks about the sometimes grim, sometimes comic realities of living with armed policemen, and of 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."
His official website also says, the book is available for pre-order in hardcover. It is also available as an eBook and Audiobook.