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Joseph Anton: A Memoir Hardcover – September 18, 2012
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“A splendid book, the finest . . . memoir to cross my desk in many a year.”—Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
“Thoughtful and astute . . . an important book.”—USA Today
“Compelling, affecting . . . demonstrates Mr. Rushdie’s ability as a stylist and storytelle. . . . [He] reacted with great bravery and even heroism.”—The Wall Street Journal
“Gripping, moving and entertaining . . . nothing like it has ever been written.”—The Independent (UK)
“A thriller, an epic, a political essay, a love story, an ode to liberty.”—Le Point (France)
“Action-packed . . . in a literary class by itself . . . Like Isherwood, Rushdie’s eye is a camera lens —firmly placed in one perspective and never out of focus.”—Los Angeles Review of Books
“Unflinchingly honest . . . an engrossing, exciting, revealing and often shocking book.”—de Volkskrant (The Netherlands)
“One of the best memoirs you may ever read.”—DNA (India)
“Extraordinary . . . Joseph Anton beautifully modulates between . . . moments of accidental hilarity, and the higher purpose Rushdie saw in opposing—at all costs—any curtailment on a writer’s freedom.”—The Boston Globe
Top Customer Reviews
Mr. Rushdie seems to omit nothing. At times he is angry-- although from where I sit he usually shows remarkable control-- but always honest (about both himself and others, even telling the reader about some of the most intimate details of his marriages) and he never loses his sense of humor, as anyone who has had the pleasure of hearing him speak knows. But what Mr. Rushdie says over and over and what makes his story so important is that freedom of speech, i.e., the freedom both to write and to read is something worth dying for. In his own instance Professor Hitoshi Igarashi, the translator of THE SATANIC VERSES into Japanese was murdered and did pay the ultimate price. Dr. Ettore Capriolo was stabbed; William Nygaard, THE SATANIC VERSES Norwegian publisher, was shot. Both these men survived.Read more ›
This memoir is always totally honest and never less than gripping, especially in the first half of this enormous book. The author discusses his education, family, relationships and his behaviour during those incredibly stressful years with immense openness. During the first two or three years of the fatwa, Rushdie was constantly on the move, reliant on his friends for places to stay. His second marriage was less than a year old at the time and already in trouble, so the stress and intrusion certainly did not help that situation either. The author was criticised, even at the time his life was in danger, by press articles claiming he was costing the country huge amounts of money, the government were imposing limits on what he was allowed to do (including how and when he could see his beloved son) and he was accused of selfishness for wanting to publish a paperback version of "The Satanic Verses" when the lives of hostages, such as Terry Waite, hung in the balance. Eventually, he would almost be blamed for being an author, for writing, for opening his mouth or putting pen to paper.Read more ›
Fast forward to 1998, I was a student in Europe enjoying a scholarship to study Science. I started reading the Satanic Verses, just to find out why the grand Ayatollah and the Iranian regime is so keen to kill its author. It took me one non-interrupted year for the first reading (thanks to my full scholarship to do Science). For a science conference I needed to get a visa to Britain (having Iranian passport, you are only qualified to enter Heaven, but pretty much no place in Earth). I am sitting in the British consulate reading my book. I turned back and saw two Pakistanis with long beard (an old and a young guy) sitting behind me. The type who wanted to kill the author. I freaked out having the book Satanic Verses in my hand. I changed my seat so that they can't see what I am reading. Then I realised the British behind the counter now can see an Iranian guy reading the book, wanting to enter the United Kingdom (and probably is familiarising himself with his target).
That was my thought: if a student in Iran wetting his pants for just writing the name of the book and an average guy wetting his pants (both ways) by just having the book in his hand, what would the writer himself must go through?
The book Joseph Anton answers that.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Parts of this were really riveting, but Salman Rushdie got wayyyy too detailed in recounting his years in disguise.Published 14 days ago by Addy0908
To write his memoir. His dedication to standing up for his belief that literary freedom is to be cherished and protected was without a doubt one of the bravest acts an individual... Read morePublished 1 month ago by marcia Kopp
Joseph Anton by Salman Rushdie is his memoir, mostly of the ten plus years when he was hiding to avoid the fatwa that called for his murder. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sigmund Freud
I have about 4 cds left on this audiobook and I will try and forge on. I think the only person captivated by this book is Rushdie himself. Read morePublished 2 months ago by one girls opinion
Up front: I am a huge fan of Salman Rushdie’s writing. You know that question that’s asked every year, which writer who hasn’t yet won should be awarded the Nobel Prize for... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Timothy Haugh
When Rushdie was sentenced to death by Khomeini for his crime of writing THE SATANIC VERSES, I argued with a Unitarian clergyman about the case. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Richard E. Hayes
Rushdie fell into the role of a leading fighter of liberty. Everyone at that time over-reacted and either demonized him or praised him beyond imagination. Read morePublished 5 months ago by hawaiian dude
Well crafted and honest account of an interesting life. It's intriguing to see the extended fatwa crisis and all its personal and social consequences through the eyes of such a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Hugh Drummond