March 8, 1989 |
Iran on Tuesday severed diplomatic relations with Britain, accusing its government of anti-Islamic "treachery" for refusing to denounce Salman Rushdie's novel "The Satanic Verses." Iran's Parliament had given Britain one week to lift a diplomatic embargo and "clarify" its stance on the book, which many Muslims consider blasphemous. Tuesday was the deadline. London blamed Tehran for the break. It came after Britain withdrew all its diplomats from Tehran to protest a Feb.
March 7, 1989 |
Film director Martin Scorsese, who came under attack in the United States and abroad for his depiction of a vulnerable and sometimes confused Jesus in the film "The Last Temptation of Christ," said Monday that his Academy Award nomination for best director serves as a signal of support for other artists' controversial works.
March 1, 1989 |
Pre-dawn firebombs hurled through windows Tuesday damaged two Berkeley book stores, one a literary and political landmark whose owner had vowed publicly to resist Islamic pressure to stop selling "The Satanic Verses," as violence apparently broke out around the Salman Rushdie novel.
February 22, 1989 |
Iran's government "can expect to be held accountable" if Americans or American companies are hurt by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini's campaign against British author Salman Rushdie, President Bush said Tuesday. "Inciting murder and offering rewards for its perpetration are deeply offensive to the norms of civilized behavior," Bush told reporters at a White House press conference.
September 15, 1989
A small bomb shattered the window of a York, England, bookstore owned by the publisher of Salman Rushdie's controversial novel "The Satanic Verses," and bombs were found at three of the publisher's stores in other towns, police said. The bomb at the Viking Penguin bookstore in the northern city of York caused no injuries and only slight damage. Police said that bombs at Peterborough, in central England, and Guildford, in the south, were defused.
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March 2, 1989 |
Steve Mellow knew he was taking a bit of a risk when he decided to include a brief tribute to author Salman Rushdie in a theatrical reading this Friday at a Costa Mesa bookstore. But Mellow said he never imagined that he would be fired by the bookstore chain. An official with Rizzoli Book Store in New York, which also owns Scribner stores, confirmed that it canceled its contract Wednesday with Mellow for his regular reading sessions at Scribner in the Crystal Court shopping mall in Costa Mesa.