Salman Rushdie, the author who was stabbed multiple times on Friday as he prepared to deliver a lecture in New York, once sparked political hell in Berkeley – when his critics allegedly bombed two bookstores, testing the city’s faith in the freedom of expression.
The events of February 1989 still strongly threaten Andy Ross, the former owner of Cody’s Books on Telegraph Avenue. Rushdie’s novel ‘The Satanic Verses’ had been released a few months earlier in the UK, winning plaudits from the literary world but angering people with its references to the Quran, which many considered blasphemous.
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