For Rushdie represents an unprecedented political act: it contains the first collection of texts by Arab and Muslim writers from Algeria to Bangladesh to the former Soviet Union who express their support for Salman Rushdie and draw our attention to the increasingly precarious condition of writers in the Middle East. The authors recount not only the historical precedents for the Rushdie case, but the ongoing threats and assassinations suffered by many Muslim intellectuals at the hands of religious extremists, such as the murder last year of Egyptian writer Farag Fouda. This collection is an essential document on one of the most important issues of our day: the right to free expression.
A valuable supplement to Rushdie's new memoir, Joseph Anton (Random House).
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The New Yorker
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CL, ISBN: 0807613541
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