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Rushdie's brilliance blunted by bitterness

Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie. Random House, €18. Reviewed by Jonathan O'Brien.

13th October, 2012
Salman Rushdie: his autobiography is half of a brilliant book. Photo: Syrie Moskowitz

Joseph Anton: A Memoir by Salman Rushdie


In this beautifully written but shockingly overlong autobiography, Salman Rushdie has cast himself as, literally, The Third Man. For the entirety of Joseph Anton, he refers to himself not as "I" and "me", but as "he" and "him", narrating everything in the third person as a sort of cloaking device. Was the conceit intended to convey Rushdie's sense of being outside his own body at the darkest and...

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