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  • Versed in Hiding

    Versed in Hiding
    For more than two decades after that awful February day in 1989, when Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini asked Muslims everywhere to kill Salman Rushdie for allegedly offending Islam with his novel “The Satanic Verses,” the author was never sure that he would write a memoir about his life in hiding. In the early years, shuttling from one undisclosed location to another, Rushdie wasn't confident that he would survive long enough to write such a book. Khomeini's fatwa, after all, was no idle threat. The Egyptian novelist Naguib Mahfouz, who had won the Nobel Prize for Literature the year before the “Satanic Verses” controversy, faced similar calls for his own assassination, and for similar reasons; in response, an Islamic fundamentalist stabbed the 82-year-old writer in the neck outside his home in Cairo in 1994. He survived, but barely, sustaining nerve damage so severe that he could write only a few minutes a day for the rest of his life.
  • Frankenstein, Dracula cast their shadows

    Frankenstein, Dracula cast their shadows
    When Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein" in 1816, she could not have conceived of the cultural landmark it would become. The novel still throws a long shadow across the popular imagination almost two centuries later. Boris Karloff's performance as the...

    Yan Lianke satirizes contemporary China

    In 2010, before I visited my late father's native village in China's central province of Henan, a friend recommended that I read Yan Lianke's books to prepare for my trip. Yan, one of China's eminent and most controversial novelists and satirists —...

    Faithful reading of hit 'Book of Mormon'

    “I'm about to do it for the first time,” chirps goofy Mormon missionary Elder Cunningham. “And I'm gonna do it with a girl!” The young man in a white shirt and tie isn't singing about a lusty encounter, but a holy rite of passage...

    Tom Wolfe skims the surfaces of 'Back to Blood'

    -------------------- Back to Blood A Novel Tom Wolfe Little, Brown: 704 pp., $30 -------------------- About a quarter of the way through Tom Wolfe's new novel, "Back to Blood," pornography addiction specialist Dr. Norman Lewis waits with his nurse...