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Salman Rushdie on burkinis, ISIS and his latest novel

Salman Rushdie is prescient. The tensions in the author’s latest novel are the same as many of those playing out on the front pages of newspapers today.

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Rushdie says that the conflict between progressive and repressive forms of religion lies at the core of "Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights".

“At the time that I wrote this book I’d never heard of Al Baghdadi or ISIS,” Rushdie told FRANCE 24. “In a strange way I invented this clash as a fictitious clash and then had the strange experience of watching it happen in real life…I’m really sorry that this book ended up coming true, but it did.”

Ever the provocateur, Rushdie suggests in the book that it is time to outgrow religion the way children outgrow their need for their parents.

“Yes, I think it’s time to stop living with our parents,” Rushdie told FRANCE 24. “There’s something a little unhealthy about grown-up people who go on living with their mother and father.”

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