Salman Rushdies bok om livet under fatwaen – Joseph Anton: A memoir – utkommer i disse dager. Rushdie tror det ville vært vanskelig å utgi en bok tilsvarende Sataniske Vers idag. Klimaet er preget av frykt.

He told the BBC «a book which was critical of Islam would be difficult to be published now», and pointed to Channel 4’s recent decision to cancel a private screening of a documentary on Islamic history because of security concerns.

His new memoir takes its title from the name he used while in hiding – which was a combination of the first names of two of his favourite writers, Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov.