Salman Rushdie says he may not have survived if The Satanic Verses had been published today


Author Salman Rushdie believes he may not have survived if he had published his controversial The Satanic Verses today due to the internet now making death threats common place: The Telegraph

Salman RushdieSalman Rushdie may not have survived if he published his controversial The Satanic Verses today, because the febrile world of the internet has made death threats commonplace, the author has said.

Rushdie, who was placed under a fatwa in 1989 in response to the book, said the web has made hostility grow “exponentially”, with serious threats becoming “everyday”.

Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, he said he would have less chance of surviving if he published the novel today thanks to the increased dangers.

He added he would still publish it, saying the world is not “so craven and cowardly” it would be impossible.

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