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.