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Rushdie may put fatwa in the, er, crosshairs

From the BBC News site:

Sir Salman Rushdie says he may write a book about the fatwa imposed on him 20 years ago after the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses.

The author, who went into hiding for nine years, told BBC’s Newsnight he had found the experience “very difficult”.

“I guess there’s a story there,” he said. “Various people [are] encouraging me to tell it, and maybe I will.”

Iran’s late Ayatollah Khomeini imposed the fatwa over The Satanic Verses‘ reference to the prophet Mohammad.

Some possible titles for the book:

  • Fatwa This
  • Leaving the Safe House
  • Death Proof
  • That’s SIR Infidel
  • Missed Me, Missed Me
  • Jesus Wasn’t So Hot, Either
  • Mullahs are Nothing, It’s the Reviews That Really Hurt