Satanic Publicity Machine

It’s been hard to get away from all the Salman Rushdie news for more than a week now.  The infamous author was due to appear at the Jaipur Literature Festival and decided not to attend at the last minute due to threats on his life which were subsequently discredited.

The fuss created by Salman’s author friends spilled into hysterical in my opinion.  He is not The Greatest Author That Ever Graced Earth and Satanic Verses is a good book that needed a better editor.  I read the book several years ago and thorouhly enjoyed two thirds of it but the last third could have been cut completely.

Satanic Verses is banned in India (there are more Muslims in India than in Pakistan) and there was huge controversy last week at the Jaipur Literature Festival which now includes a court case.  Passages of the book were read on stage by celebrity authors in support of Salman Rushdie, free speech and fingers up to Muslims and others who may find the book offensive.   This was met with a booing audience and some authors were asked to leave for their own security.  I can empathise with the audience, they paid to travel to Jaipur to see some of their favourite authors who instead chose to  talk about Salman and Satanic Verses.  The authors should have shown support in their own time.

Salman Rushdie is his own best publicist and his own worst enemy.  Even today two pages of one Indian broadsheet discussed Salman Rushdie including how he came and went to the Jaipur Literature Festival in 2007 with not a tiny bit of attention: surely Salman didn’t want that to happen this time?!  The organisers publicised his coming and he tweeted about it non-stop so he should stop being a victim.  As one letter in the newspaper wrote: he brought this upon himself.


One Comment to “Satanic Publicity Machine”

  1. I’ve read a few of his books and I agree he is a good author but there are many much better authors than him and he is just as consumed by Satanic Verses as his haters. He knew exactly what he was doing when he wrote the book. How much British taxpayer money was wasted to protect him! The Indian govt even offered him security guards, money better spent elsewhere I think.

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