A frank and compelling account of one of the most extraordinary stories in recent history, from the author of Midnight's Children.
Salman Rushdie is the author of eleven novels, one collection of short stories, three works of non-fiction, and the co-editor of The Vintage Book of Indian Writing. In 2008 Midnight's Children was judged to be the Best of the Booker, the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its forty year history. The Moor's Last Sigh won the Whitbread Prize in 1995 and the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature in 1996. He is a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres and in 2007 was knighted for his services to literature.
Joseph Anton is a splendid book, the finest new memoir to
cross my desk in many a year -- Jonathan Yardley * Washington Post
Funny, painfully moving and absolutely necessary to read -- Nicholas Shakespeare * Daily Telegraph *
Joseph Anton is a book that makes you laugh. It makes you sympathise. It may even scare you. It should also make you - if you believe that freedom is essential - very, very angry. -- David Aaronovitch * Times *
Frank and...more gripping than any spy story...the prose makes for powerful reading... He is a great writer who has been brave. -- Margaret Drabble * Observer *
An intimate tale of fathers and sons, of the beginnings and ends of marriages, of friendships and betrayals. At the same time, Joseph Anton is a large-scale spectacle of political and cultural conflicts. * New York Times Book Review *
After a fatwa ordering his death was issued by Ayatollah Khomeini on Valentine's Day in 1989, brilliant novelist Rushdie opted to take the first names of his two favorite writers and combine them into a pseudonym, in order to protect his identity. The result: Joseph Anton (from Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekov). Narrator Sam Dastor delivers an absolutely stellar reading of the memoir that recounts the life and times of the fictional Anton, through sometimes nightmarish events. Dastor's British dialect is pitch perfect and finely tuned. His delivery is well paced and his character interpretations are inspired. Rushdie himself ably narrates the prologue. A Random House hardcover. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.