Khomeini-Satanic Verses

From the Archives: Notes on the Rushdie Fatwa

The following are extracts from PEN Canada’s May 1993 newsletter. Six months earlier, Salman Rushdie’s appearance onstage with then-Ontario premier Bob Rae marked the first occasion on which a head of government had greeted the author in a public.

Salman Rushdie

The Salman of Doubt

There is a giant fish hanging over my kitchen sink. It is a salmon, carved by Nova Scotia folk artist William Roach, and for more than 20 years it has carried a decoration on its left front fin: a button reading “I am Salman Rushdie”.