New York : Random House Audio : Books on Tape, p2012.
22 sound discs (26 hr., 58 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Subtitle from container.
Read by Sam Dastor ; prologue read by the author.
On February 14, 1989, Valentine's Day, Salman Rushdie was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been "sentenced to death" by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? To have written a novel called The Satanic Verses, which was accused of being "against Islam, the Prophet and the Qur'an." So begins the extraordinary story of how a writer was forced underground, moving from house to house, with the constant presence of an armed police protection team. He was asked to choose an alias that the police could call him by. He thought of writers he loved and combinations of their names ; then it came to him : Conrad and Chekhov -- Joseph Anton. How do a writer and his family live with the threat of murder for more than nine years? How does he go on working? How does he fall in and out of love? How does despair shape his thoughts and actions, how and why does he stumble, how does he learn to fight back? In this remarkable memoir Rushdie tells that story for the first time; the story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech.--Container
The first blackbird -- A Faustian contract in reverse -- "Manuscripts don't burn" -- Year zero -- The trap of wanting to be loved -- "Been down so long it looks like up to me" -- Why it's impossible to photograph the Pampas -- A truckload of dung -- Mr. Morning and Mr. Afternoon -- His millenarian illusion -- At the Halcyon Hotel.
RHA 3922 Random House Audio/Books on Tape