Grapevine: May 28, 1990

COMING SOON TO A THEATER NEAR YOU. Salman Rushdie: eyes bloody, enveloped in flames, struck dead by an angry god. The Ayatullah Khomeini tried to arrange this denouement but wasn't able to bring it off before his own death last year, so a Pakistani studio has produced a movie that features three mujahedin setting out on a Rambo-style trek to kill the offending author of The Satanic Verses. In his celluloid incarnation, Rushdie is depicted as a boozy member of a Jewish cabal who lives in a luxurious palace surrounded by plump Punjabi bimbos and who likes to torture Muslims. The...

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