Hybrid Creature, Invisible Man

Salman Rushdie is no stranger to exile, but past experience could hardly have prepared him for what he faces now. In fact, the situation is so preposterous that it might have sprung from Rushdie's own phantasmagoric imagination: someone suddenly emerges as the most talked-about writer in the world, but his life depends on becoming an invisible man.

"I am this hybrid creature," Rushdie said shortly before going into hiding. Most of his life has been spent as an outsider, an alien among local populations. He was born in Bombay in 1947, two months before the British pulled out of India; his...

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