Rushdie planning book about his time in hiding
Salman Rushdie, Booker prize-winning author who has been living in hiding after Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa to kill him, is planning to write a book about his experiences. 'It's my story, and at some point, it does need to be told. That point is getting closer, I think,' he told reporters at Emory University in Atlanta, where an exhibition of his personal correspondence, notebooks, photographs, drawings and manuscripts is set to open on Friday. 'When [the archive material] was in cardboard boxes and dead computers, it would have been very, very difficult, but now it's all organised,' he said. Last year marked 20 years since the Iranian leader called for Rushdie's execution, saying that his novel The Satanic Verses insulted Islam, Mohammed and the Qur'an. The edict, which followed street protests and book burnings across the Muslim world, forced Rushdie to go into hiding under police protection for almost 10 years. Booksellers said that if the, who was knighted for his services to literature in 2007, went ahead with his plans, the book was likely to prove very successful. 'This is one of the most fascinating chapters in recent literary history, and cannot but have affected Rushdie as a writer and as a man. The ironic thing is that this may be his most commercial book in years,' said Jon Howells at Waterstone's. Rushdie's next novel, Luka and the Fire of Life, a sequel to his children's story Haroun and the Sea of Stories, is due out this autumn.