cover image Joseph Anton: A Memoir

Joseph Anton: A Memoir

Salman Rushdie, read by Sam Dastor. Random House Audio, unabridged, 22 CDs, 26.5 hrs., $60 ISBN 978-0-449-80781-1

After a fatwa ordering his death was issued by Ayatollah Khomeini on Valentine’s Day in 1989, brilliant novelist Rushdie opted to take the first names of his two favorite writers and combine them into a pseudonym, in order to protect his identity. The result: Joseph Anton (from Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekov). Narrator Sam Dastor delivers an absolutely stellar reading of the memoir that recounts the life and times of the fictional Anton, through sometimes nightmarish events. Dastor’s British dialect is pitch perfect and finely tuned. His delivery is well paced and his character interpretations are inspired. Rushdie himself ably narrates the prologue. A Random House hardcover. (Sept.)