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I don’t want to live hidden away: Salman Rushdie

PARIS: After decades spent in the shadow of a dying sentence pronounced by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Salman Rushdie is quietly defiant. "I don't want to live hidden away," he mentioned.

The novelist's existence modified ceaselessly on February 14, 1989, when Iran's spiritual leader ordered Rushdie' execution after branding his novel "The Satanic Verses" blasphemous. Tehran renewed the fatwa year after year.

Rushdie, who some say is the best creator India has produced since Tagore, spent 13 years living below a false title and loyal police protection.

"I was 41 back then, now I am 71. Things are fine now," he mentioned in September.

"We live in a world where the subject changes... fast. And this is a very old subject. There are now many other things to be frightened about - and other people to kill," he added. He stopped the usage of an assumed title after September 11 2001, three years after Tehran mentioned the danger against him was once "over".

The years of riots, bomb plots and the murder of one of the crucial book's translators now "feels like a very long time ago", he mentioned. "One of the things that has happened is that people in the West are more informed than they used to be," he mentioned. Even so, the book was once misunderstood, he insisted: "Really it's a novel about South Asian immigrants in London."

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