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Rushdie Writing Fatwa Memoir

Salman Rushdie is writing a memoir about his years in hiding after the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against him for his 1988 novel, The Satanic Verses. "I'm beginning to write this memoir," Rushdie tells Reuters. "I've written about ... 100 pages of book and I reckon very roughly that feels like a quarter of the story. I'm aiming, in my mind, for the end of next year [to finish it].” He elaborates, “"It's about what it was like, not just for me, but for my children, people who were close to me, my mother. …. It's true that there being a kind of information vacuum allows people to speculate or to invent maliciously and that has been a little frustrating, but the truth is that until quite recently I was not ready to write this book.” Rushdie just published a children’s book, Luka and the Fire of Life, and is finishing a screenplay version of his 1981 novel, Midnight’s Children.