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Rushdie writes memoir about time in hiding

books Updated: Apr 14, 2012 08:04 IST

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Salman Rushdie has come out with a memoir based on the time he spent hiding while under a fatwa in 1989. Rushdie was accused by Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini of insulting the prophet Mohammed in his controversial book, The Satanic Verses.

The author was asked by the British authorities to adopt a new identity and he picked  the name 'Joseph Anton' to protect his identity.

Talking about the book title he said, "I made up a name from the first names of Conrad and Chekhov. I made it the title of the book because it always felt very strange to be asked to give up my name, I was always uncomfortable about it, and I thought it might help dramatize, for the reader, the deep strangeness and discomfort of those years," reports reported The New York Times.

The book is titled ‘Joseph Anton: A Memoir’ will be released on September 18th.