Salman Rushdie

Haroun and the Sea of Stories

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This fall a new opera called Haroun premiered, based on the book Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. In 1989, Rushdie was forced into hiding after the Ayatollah Khomeini and declared that his novel The Satanic Verses was heresy against Islam — essentially marking the writer for assassination. Jonathan Mitchell has the […]

Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories

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Bonus Audio: <em>Luka and the Fire of Life</em>

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Salman Rushdie

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In Salman Rushdie's fantastical new novel, shape-shifting genies lay siege to humanity.

Salman Rushdie’s new novel is a fantastical portrait of beguiling genies who threaten humanity. So, yeah, it’s pretty much today’s world.

The “I am Charlie” slogan was on display during a vigil in Frankfurt, Germany following the deadly shooting attack in Paris this week.

Islamic extremists make it pretty clear who they want dead


Charlie Hebdo’s editor-in-chief, Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, certainly knew he was a marked man. Al-Qaeda even put his name on a hit list.

Armandine Marbach takes part in a demonstration on January 7, 2014, supporting the French publication Charlie Hebdo

We’re not all Charlie


Who says we are all Charlie? Not Sandip Roy. Or Jeffrey Goldberg. Or, um, the Financial Times.

Singer Alina Simone in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, Russia

When Alina Simone (not her real name) met Alina Simone (not her real name either…)

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Writer and musician Alina Simone loved the comforting anonymity of her adopted name — until she met another woman with the same name.

In new memoir, Salman Rushdie tells tale of life as hunted man

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Salman Rushdie knows what it’s like to be a wanted man. After he published his novel The Satanic Verses, the leader of Iran issued a call for his death. Rushdie went into hiding, with armed guards protecting him at all times. He’s telling that story now in his new book, Joseph Anton: A Memoir.

Salman Rushdie plays with video games in his new book

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Video games guide the hero in Salman Rushdie’s newest book, “Luka and the Fire of Life.”