From The Publisher: Dec. 23, 1991

What do British writer Salman Rushdie, American filmmaker Oliver Stone and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev have in common? Only this: all three are central figures in important stories that were in the news last week, and all three gave exclusive interviews to TIME, contained in this issue.

In hiding with a multimillion-dollar price on his head, the India-born Rushdie made a surprise appearance at a dinner held by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism honoring the 200th anniversary of the First Amendment. Beforehand, TIME International managing editor Karsten Prager presented Rushdie with an article that appeared last week about the...

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