Men vi starter lige med historien om et mordforsøg på Salman Rushdie. Iranerne igen:
Echoes of Iran
Stewart Bell | Oct 15, 2011
Mansour Ahani said he was fleeing religious and political persecution in Iran when he arrived at Vancouver airport from Singapore in October 1991.
“I am dead if I return,” he wrote in his refugee claim.
But after spending months following Ahani, Canadian intelligence officers came to a startling conclusion: He was a highly trained Iranian government assassin whose handlers were planning an attack on the British author Salman Rushdie.
Mere HER i The National Post.
Interview / Salman Rushdie is not afraid
He thinks ‘Game of Thrones’ is dumb, bemoans the lack of good modern novels and believes terrorism is dying out; over 20 years after fleeing for his life from an Iranian-issued fatwa, novelist Salman Rushdie is still unafraid to speak his mind.
By Gidi Weitz – October 14, 2011
New York. One fine evening a few weeks ago, the writer Salman Rushdie walked, unattended by bodyguards, to the site of the 9/11 memorial. “It was very strange to walk into that space after ten years,” the 64-year-old recalls as we sit in the offices of the Wiley literary agency in the center of New York. “I remember post-9/11, many journalists from all over saying to me, ‘Ah, now we understand what happened to you.’ And I responded, ‘Really? That’s what it took for you to take note?!’ But in some way that was the moment at which these things, like the attack on ‘The Satanic Verses’ or the persecution of other people in different places, suddenly became a big thing.”
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Andre kilder: Foreign Policy,
Opdatering 22. oktober 2011 – endnu et interview;
A Conversation With: Salman Rushdie
By Shivani Vora – October 20, 2011
The author, who was a guest at the Pierre’s recent Diwali party, agreed to answer a few questions before the event about his connection to Mumbai, his time on Twitter and the state of Indian fiction today.
Q.You’ve agreed to read an excerpt of a new book about the history of the Taj hotel in Mumbai. What connection do you have to the hotel?
A.I’m a Bombay boy, so my connection to the Taj is life long. I went there as a boy with my parents, and as an adult I’ve taken my own family to stay there a number of times, and in general have always made a beeline for it when in Bombay.
Mere HER i The New York Times.