I have a deep feeling for Kashmir, and I just had to write this book, ... But it's very hard to write about real events. It becomes unbearable. The challenge in writing this book was how do you write about these things bearably without sweetening the pill
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Life is fury, he'd thought. Fury sexual, Oedipal, political, magical, brutal drives us to our finest heights and coarsest depths. Out of furia comes creation, inspiration, originality, passion, but also violence, pain, pure unafraid destruction, the giving and receiving of blows from which we never recover. The Furies pursue us Shiva dances his furious dance to create and also to destroy. But never mind about gods Sara ranting at him represented the human spirit in its purest, least socialized form. This is what we are, what we civilize ourselves to disguise the terrifying human animal in us, the exalted, transcendent, self-destructive, untramelled lord of creation.
Doubt, it seems to me, is the central condition of a human being in the twentieth century.
Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.
Your blasphemy, Salman, can't be forgiven. To set your words against the Words of God.
For the record, there is a French project to make a theatrical adaptation of The Satanic Verses, so maybe that's a start.
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