The Moment

Salman Rushdie on Fiction, ISIS, and the War on Pleasure

The celebrated author talks about his process and why fiction matters in a world gone mad.

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie.

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This week on The Moment, Brian Koppelman talks to Salman Rushdie, author of Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses, and Joseph Anton: A Memoir. The two discuss Rushdie’s latest novel, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, the themes of alienation and truth that often lurk within his stories, and why, in a world gone mad, fiction matters. Plus, Rushdie talks about his rocky start as a writer, an unforgettable night at Madison Square Garden, and how religious fascists are waging a war on pleasure.

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