Salman Rushdie Will Write His Memoirs July 27, 2010

Salman Rushdie Will Write His Memoirs

Whenever Salman Rushdie‘s memoir comes out, I’m going to stop whatever I’m doing to read it.

“I just thought it might be time to tell that story,” Rushdie said. “I always for a long time didn’t want to tell it. First of all I was in it and that was not likeable. Then I got out of it and I thought the last thing I want to do is put myself back in it and think about it for the next few years. Of course there were people telling me I should write it but I just thought, ‘Don’t want to. I want to get back the day job and write novels, stories etc’.”

“There was a point at which I thought the only way to get rid of this bulls*** is to tell the story,” he said at the Granta event. “I suddenly just literally woke up and thought maybe I’m ready. And I think I am. I have spent a lot of this year exhuming the material.

After having to live the last couple decades fearing that some radical Muslim, offended by his writing, would try to kill him, Rushdie has overcome the fatwa on him. I can’t wait to hear his side of the story.

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  • It’s great that he’ll get to say what he wants to say about the whole situation. I’m going to run out and get it as soon as it’s released.

  • Wow, me too.

  • NorDog

    What has happened that he feels more safe than when the call for his murder came out? It’s hard to imagine that the danger passed?

  • Randall Morrison

    The fatwa was the best thing that ever happened to him. It mad him world famous and a millionaire! LOL!

  • Drew M

    @Randall Morrison

    Personally, I’d rather be unknown and broke than living in fear.

  • It’ll be good to read about his experiences, though it’ll also surely be a pain for him to have to talk about it in interviews for the next year or so after. He’s gotten pretty exasperated that he can’t comment on a book without someone asking what it was like having a hit out on him.

  • Hybrid

    Very exciting… looking forward to reading it.

  • Camus Dude

    I can’t wait to read his memoirs! I’d also like to read Ibn al-Warraq’s and Talima Nasreen’s. If you want an awesome memoir, check out Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Infidel.