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The name in the title was created originally to befuddle. In February 1989, Salman Rushdie receives word that he had been sentenced to death by Ayatollah Khomeini. Forced to go underground, he created a portmanteau alias that conjoined the first names of two favorite authors (Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov). For more than nine years, he and his family lived in hiding, moving from place to place, guarded by an ever-present contingent of armed policemen. During that time, his marriage dissolved and his life changed drastically in most other ways as well. Joseph Anton: A Memoir recounts a stormy period lived in enforced isolation. Definitely more mesmerizing than Satanic Verses. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.