Salman Rushdie: A Line Had to Be Defended

August 26, 2014 8:56 PM

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Salman Rushdie: A Line Had to Be Defended

"It wasn't only about me. It was a moment, when a line had to held when you could not conceive the fight", says the author of The Satanic Verses, Salman Rusdie, in this outtake from a longer interview about his life and work.

And Rushdie continues: "The reason why we managed to defend the book was that very widespread belief that it had to happen - not so much for the book itself, but for this old reason: the freedom of speech. People, whom I had never met, went to battle for me - booksellers, publishers, ordinary people...

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