Review of Victory City: Is Salman Rushdie’s new novel an ‘Asian Game of Thrones’?

In 2017, I interviewed Salman Rushdie by phone for this paper. It was a fine September day in New York, the superstar author told me, and he was excited to be on promotional duties for his Trump-bashing romp, The Golden House. He was generous of spirit, reflecting on everything from the previous night’s season finale of Game of Thrones, to how The Satanic Verses was finally being spoken about for what it was — a book — rather than “the stuff that engulfed it”.

e was of course referring to the bounty put on the Booker-winner’s head in 1989 by Ayatollah Khomeini over perceived insults to the Prophet Mohammed contained in that novel. After years in hiding, living under constant protection, Rushdie sounded free and easy that day, someone able to look back at it all from the vantage of a safe new home in a new country. The irony of a different kind of cancel culture now existing in the world was not lost on him.



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