10 Questions for Salman Rushdie

If Salman Rushdie hadn't been sentenced to death by Ayatullah Khomeini and if he weren't chummy with the likes of Kylie Minogue, he would be famous merely for being one of the world's greatest living writers. He chats with TIME's Lev Grossman about his new novel, Shalimar the Clown (coming in September), the crisis in Kashmir, the nature of tragedy and the future of the Klingon race.

ISN'T IT AN EXTRAORDINARY ACT OF EMPATHY TO WRITE A NOVEL ABOUT A MAN WHO BECOMES A MURDERER AND A TERRORIST?

Yes, well, he started out as a very nice boy.

DON'T THEY ALWAYS.

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