I know the British Indian author Salman Rushdie (1947-) as the author of the ”The Satanic Verses” , and I know there was great controversy about the novel when it was first published. The fact that Rushdie has written a number of other books fades in comparison, although I have one of them in my library (TBR).
Many of Rushdie’s novels take place in the East – that exotic place of turbans, curry, and a cultural history that many of us in the West know too little of – and move between magical realism and historical fiction.
However, Rushdie’s iconic authorship was reached with the publication of “The Satanic Verses” and the repercussions in many countries and communities throughout the world. “The Satanic Verses” were irreverent of the Prophet Muhammad, like recent events in Paris and Copenhagen, fuelled the debate of freedom of expression versus religious ideologies. In 1989, the Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa against Rushdie and the novel was banned in 12 countries.
Perhaps the quotation is Rushdie’s response to the debate.