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Salman Rushdie: “When people stop believing in truth, demagogues come forward”

In this month's Brief Encounter, Salman Rushdie talks Brexit, Gramsci and why he's never finished Middlemarch

By Prospect Team   February 2018

Things are getting better—and worse. Photo: PA

What is the first news or historical event you can recall?

After his ascent of Everest with Edmund Hillary in 1953, Sherpa Tenzing came on a victory tour to Bombay. I remember going with my parents to watch him drive by in the back of an open convertible, waving at the crowds.

What is the book you’re most embarrassed to have never read?

I’ve never finished Middlemarch—it’s a slog for me. I even tried watching the very good BBC adaptation of…

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