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    Joseph Anton (Vintage Books) (Paperback) By (author) Salman Rushdie

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    DescriptionFrom the author of The Satanic Verses and Midnight's Children, which was awarded the Best of the Booker Prize in 1993, comes an unflinchingly honest and fiercely funny account of a life turned upside-down. On Valentine's Day, 1989, Salman Rushdie received a telephone call from a BBC journalist that would change his life forever: Ayatollah Khomeini, a leading Muslim scholar, had issued him with a death sentence. This is his own account of how he was forced to live in hiding for over a decade; at once intimate and explosive, this is the personal tale behind the international story. How does a man live with the constant threat of murder? How does he continue to work when deprived of his freedom? How does he sustain friendships, or fall in and out of love? How does he fight back? For over a decade, Salman Rushdie dwelt in a world of secrecy and disguise, a world of security guards and armoured cars, of aliases and code names. In Joseph Anton, Rushdie tells the remarkable story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech. It is shortlisted for the James Tait Black Biography Prize.


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    Title
    Joseph Anton
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Salman Rushdie
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 656
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 40 mm
    Weight: 462 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099563440
    ISBN 10: 0099563444
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    BIC subject category V2: DSBH, BGLA, DSB
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5A
    BISAC V2.8: BIO007000
    Libri: ENGM1075
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000
    BIC subject category V2: HRAM9
    Libri: ERIN2036
    BIC subject category V2: 2AB
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004130
    DC23: 823.914
    Thema V1.0: DSBH, DSB, DNBL1
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    01 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Salman Rushdie is the author of eleven novels, one collection of short stories, three works of non-fiction, and the co-editor of The Vintage Book of Indian Writing. In 2008 Midnight's Children was judged to be the Best of the Booker, the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its forty year history. The Moor's Last Sigh won the Whitbread Prize in 1995 and the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature in 1996. He is a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres and in 2007 was knighted for his services to literature.
    Review quote
    "Joseph Anton is a splendid book, the finest new memoir to cross my desk in many a year" -- Jonathan Yardley Washington Post "Funny, painfully moving and absolutely necessary to read" -- Nicholas Shakespeare Daily Telegraph "Joseph Anton is a book that makes you laugh. It makes you sympathise. It may even scare you. It should also make you - if you believe that freedom is essential - very, very angry." -- David Aaronovitch Times "Frank and.more gripping than any spy story.the prose makes for powerful reading... He is a great writer who has been brave." -- Margaret Drabble Observer "An intimate tale of fathers and sons, of the beginnings and ends of marriages, of friendships and betrayals. At the same time, Joseph Anton is a large-scale spectacle of political and cultural conflicts." New York Times Book Review
    Review text
    An intimate tale of fathers and sons, of the beginnings and ends of marriages, of friendships and betrayals. At the same time, Joseph Anton is a large-scale spectacle of political and cultural conflicts.
    Back cover copy
    ‘An immersive, page-turning read… It exerts a mesmeric hold with high-octane storytelling’Independent How does a man live with the constant threat of murder? How does he continue to work when deprived of his freedom? How does he sustain friendships, or fall in and out of love? How does he fight back? For over a decade, Salman Rushdie lived with a death sentence. He dwelt in a world of secrecy and disguise, a world of security guards and armoured cars, of aliases and code names. In Joseph Anton, Rushdie tells the tale behind the infamous fatwa. It is a remarkable story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech, but also an unflinchingly honest and fiercely funny account of a life turned upside-down. ‘Funny, painfully moving and absolutely necessary’ Daily Telegraph ‘The most gripping, moving and entertaining literary memoir I have ever read’ Independent on Sunday