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The first crow, you know, flying across the sky."As we sit in the basement of a lush London hotel he reflects, with calm dignity, on the massed millions of the fanatical who wish to behead him, simply because they think something one of his characters says in a dream in a novel insults a man who died 1,300 years ago. I can't tell you," he says, a rare moment when his sentences stutter.
"I've tried, quite hard, as an act of will, to put it behind me, because I don't want to carry that weight around.
He switched the channel to see tens of thousands of people in Pakistan, a country he had lived in and loved, burning his effigy. And then Rushdie wandered in, bearing a pile of books, looking like a bustling media don rather than a jihadi-dream-target, with no burly security guards, nobody except a slender press agent hobbling along on crutches.
He was, he says, "put through a degree course in worthlessness, my own personal and specific worthlessness". I glance at the receptionist; our silence seems stupid.
Less than 48 hours after I spoke to him, the tectonic plates rumbled and cracked a little more.
Rushdie told the BBC that the battle against the veil was a battle for the freedom of Muslim women like his sisters.
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In the 17 years since Ayatollah Khomeini passed a death sentence on Salman Rushdie, the writer's unflinching criticism of the religion into which he was born has never been stifled.
That helps." But Rushdie has been forced to get used to life in a damp mental alleyway where the loudest death-threat in history is forever echoing.