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Salman Rushdie working on fatwa memoir

11th October 2010

Salman Rushdie has confirmed that he is writing a memoir about the years he spent in hiding from the Iranian government-backed fatwa.

In an interview with Reuters, the author claimed he needs to fill the 'information vacuum' that exists around the time he was forced to go to ground after The Satanic Verses was labelled as being blasphemous to Islam by Ayatollah Khomeini.

The author said the public knows little of the events under the 'shroud of secrecy' that has been placed over his nine years of hiding and claimed the autobiographical book would allow him to dispute malicious speculation about this time.

Rushdie, who recently published children's book Luka and the Fire of Life and finished a screenplay for his Midnight's Children, revealed that he has completed around 100 pages of the memoir.

The writer added that he feels he has to confront a difficult period of his life, explaining: 'So far I feel that I'm right - I'm not getting churned up and upset, I'm just writing it and I'm feeling quite pleased to be writing it.'

At the start of the year, Rushdie said that a project by Emory University in Atlanta to digitise his personal papers could provide him with source material to write his memoir.
 

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