Salman Rushdie’s new memoir of his time in hiding, "Joseph Anton," weighs in at more than 600 pages. The British-Indian author was the target of a fatwa death sentence issued by Iranian clerics. A lot of people helped him survive a decade of clandestine life, from British policemen to U.S. literary activists. Seemingly all of them are listed in his new book.
"Joseph Anton" is fascinating reading, thanks in part to Rushdie’s wonderful eye for the telling and absurd detail. But there’s so much detail you could call it a bloated page-turner. Every question you might have had about Rushdie is answered.
So many, in fact, it’s possible to put together a Rushdie trivia quiz.