“The secret of an open society is that people will say things you don’t like, and you have to just deal with it.” — Salman Rushdie
In this lecture, recorded shortly following the 25th anniversary of the publication of his controversial novel, “The Satanic Verses,” Salman Rushdie shares personal stories and his insights from his time spent in hiding. The consequences Rushdie faced following “The Satanic Verses,” largely from the fatwā calling for his assassination issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, are brought to life in his memoir Joseph Anton, which takes its title from the assumed name he traveled under. He shares stories of his personal encounters wrought with dark comedy and talks about the delight of his return to normalcy. He also clears up some common misconceptions about the book, explaining how it was written to be a funny novel and how it is largely about the migrant experience of Indians relocating to the UK.