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Unpacking the "Satanic Verses" Controversy

Novelist Salman Rushdie's new book has been banned in several countries because of what many see as its blasphemous take on Islam. Book critic John Leonard says the novel is indeed blasphemous, but Rushdie directs his ire ecumenically, critiquing Indian culture and Margaret Thatcher as well. The narrative is messy, but it's the messiness that makes it interesting.

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Other segments from the episode on February 14, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 14, 1989: Interview with Ellen Willis; Commentary on Charlie Rich; Interview with David Leavitt; Review of Salman Rushdie's novel "The Satanic Verses."

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