Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The book burners

A very good documentary on BBC Radio 4's Archive on 4 about the burning of Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses, two decades on. You have 3 days left to listen on the iPlayer, so go listen now.

You have more time to read Boyd Tonkin in the Independent, inviting a number of writers to reflect on the fatwa, including Hanif Kureishi, Lionel Shriver and Suhayl Saadi.

Also read: "If you think you've had a bad Valentine's day" in The Badger; Article XIX on freedom of expression (pdf); the Index on Censorship blog; Yasmin Alibhai-Brown with a different perspective.

P.S. To lower the tone, here is Rushdie with his latest "long-stemmed glamazon", Pia Glenn.

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