Free Speech Is Life Itself: SALMAN RUSHDIE

On a clandestine visit to the U.S., his first since he was sentenced to death by Khomeini for writing The Satanic Verses, SALMAN RUSHDIE pleads not to be forgotten

Q. For more than 1,000 days, you have been under an all-points death sentence. What's it like to live like that?

A. Oddly, I don't that often feel afraid, although the first few days were very scary. But at some point I thought to myself, "If I spend my time being afraid and worried about where the bullet's going to come from, then I'm really going to go crazy." And then I said to myself, "I've got the best protection the British government can offer -- it's their job to worry about that. It's not my job." That was a kind...

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