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Joseph Anton a memoir

by Rushdie, Salman.

Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 2012 2012
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Summary
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. The story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Rushdie accomplishes many wondrous and momentous feats in this profound and galvanizing memoir. 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. 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. 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. 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). 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. 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.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "After a fatwa ordering his death was issued by Ayatollah Khomeini on Valentine's Day in 1989, brilliant novelist Rushdie opted to take the first names of his two favorite writers and combine them into a pseudonym, in order to protect his identity. The result: Joseph Anton (from Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekov). Narrator Sam Dastor delivers an absolutely stellar reading of the memoir that recounts the life and times of the fictional Anton, through sometimes nightmarish events. Dastor's British dialect is pitch perfect and finely tuned. His delivery is well paced and his character interpretations are inspired. Rushdie himself ably narrates the prologue. A Random House hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Rushdie, Salman
Authors, English 20th century Biography
Authors, Indic Great Britain Biography
Fatwas Personal narratives
Islam and literature History 20th century
Freedom of the press History 20th century
Censorship History 20th century
Biography & Autobiography
Religion & Spirituality
Nonfiction
Politics
Audiobooks.
20th century
20th century.
Publisher New York :Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group2012
2012
Edition Unabridged.
Contributors Dastor, Sam, narrator.
OverDrive, Inc.
Participants/Performers Read by Sam Dastor.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: OverDrive WMA Audiobook
Requires OverDrive Media Console 1.0 / 1.0 (Windows Mobile)
Description 1 audio file : digital
ISBN 9780449807842
9780449807842
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