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Published: October 11, 2013
October 11, Day 285 of 2012
Today is day 285 of 2012
On October 11, 1925, Elmore Leonard, the U.S. writer was born. By 1983, he had written 23 novels, including
Fifty-Two Pickup, Swag,
which became a bestseller. His 1992 novel,
was made into the movie
was made into a movie starring John Travolta.
Jean Cocteau, the French writer, author of
La Voie Humaine,
died in 1963 at 73.
On the morning of 11 October 1993, William Nygaard the Norwegian publisher of Salman Rushdie was shot three times outside his home in Dagaliveien in Oslo.
A few months earlier,
Ayatollah Khomeini issued the following fatwa against Salman Rushdie and his publishers:
I inform all zealous Muslims of the world that the author of the book entitled The Satanic Verses—which has been compiled, printed and published in opposition to Islam, the Prophet, and the Qur'an—and all those involved in its publication who were aware of its content, are sentenced to death. I call on all zealous Muslims to execute them quickly, wherever they may be found, so that no one else will dare to insult the Muslim sanctities. God Willing, whoever is killed on this path is a martyr.
The previous quotation is perhaps the most obscene piece of prose I've ever read.
Trinidad-born writer V.S. Naipaul won the Nobel Prize in literature on this day in 2001.
If you want to finish “
” manuscript in 2012, you still have 81 days left.
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