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Whatever Valentines' Day might mean to you... it probably means something different to Salman Rushdie.
February 14th, 1989 was the day Salman's entire life was turned on its head: he was 'sentenced to death' by Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini.
His crime? 'The Satanic Verses', a novel accused of insulting Islam and disrespecting the prophet Mohammed.
Forced into hiding, Salman chose an alias from the names of two of his favourite writers: Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov... and lived under the threat of murder for almost a decade.
When Iran softened its stance on the fatwa, Salman emerged back into public life: he collaborated with U2, published more books, and moved to America.
This fall he premiered the long-awaited screen adaptation of his epic novel 'Midnight's Children' with Canadian director Deepa Mehta. And now, Salman finally tells the story of his years in hiding in a gripping new memoir called 'Joseph Anton.'