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Less than 48 hours after I spoke to him, the tectonic plates rumbled and cracked a little more.
Rushdie told the BBC that the battle against the veil was a battle for the freedom of Muslim women like his sisters.
One time, he had to go to hospital to have his wisdom teeth extracted. As we wait for the room, Rushdie chattily talks me through the photo-books he is carrying.
Afterwards he learnt that the police had contingency plans to remove him if there was an emergency: he would have been carried out in a body bag, in a hearse. "I've just had my picture taken by this guy," he says.
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That helps." But Rushdie has been forced to get used to life in a damp mental alleyway where the loudest death-threat in history is forever echoing.
One morning, a few days after the fatwa, he woke up and switched on the television to see a British studio audience voting on whether he should be killed. " Like in some cod James Bond plot, we did not utter his name, as though, almost 18 years after the Ayatollah Khomeini first uttered his call for murder, there are assassins waiting on every London corner for a whisper of his name.
To bring you the best content on our sites and applications, Meredith partners with third party advertisers to serve digital ads, including personalized digital ads.Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our site.In the 17 years since Ayatollah Khomeini passed a death sentence on Salman Rushdie, the writer's unflinching criticism of the religion into which he was born has never been stifled.This battle was agony for Rushdie, not just because he was wrenched away from his wife, his young child, and the countries and cultures that had always nourished him, but because, as he puts it, "the warring halves of the world - East and West - were also the warring halves of my soul" .He is "the bastard child of history", one of the great hybrid-children produced by the mass migrations of the 20th century.