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Salman Rushdie
(1947-____) born on
Jun 19
Indian-English novelist. His novel, "The Satanic Verses," enraged Moslems, branded an "enemy of Islam," and forced him into hiding.
A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return.

Doubt, it seems to me, is the central condition of a human being in the twentieth century.
I used to say: "there is a God-shaped hole in me." For a long time I stressed the absence, the hole. Now I find it is the shape which has become more important.
The real risks for any artist are taken. . . in pushing the work to the limits of what is possible, in the attempt to increase the sum of what it is possible to think. Books become good when they go to this edge and risk falling over it. . .
If Woody Allen were a Muslim, he'd be dead by now.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "Independent on Sunday," (London), 4 Feb 1990.
R: In "Observer," (London), 19 Feb 1989.
A: On being branded an "enemy of Islam"; In "Independent on Sunday," (London), 30 Dec. 1990.
N: "Imaginary Homelands," 1982.
K: On the anger and death threats of Muslim extremists following the publication "The Satanic Verses," In "Independent," (London), 18 Feb 1989.

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