India-born author Salman Rushdie says Iranians are losing interest in him and he no longer fears for his life.
"I don't know what the Iranians think of me," the controversial writer mused, in a talk in Oporto, Portugal.
"Except for the fact that at one point they wanted to kill me and now they don't seem as interested," The Times daily today quoted him as saying.
Rushdie, winner of Booker Prize, spent a decade in hiding after the publication of his book The Satantic Verses which prompted Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran to issue a fatwa against him in 1989. Khomeini died soon afterwards.
In 1998, the Iranian government announced that it would no longer support the fatwa, but could not rescind it.
"I don't see what happened as a publicity tool for my books," said Rushdie. "If anyone doubts that, I would encourage them personally to experience what I lived through."