After years of hiding in London, Salman Rushdie lived freely in New York

Although Salman Rushdie was forced into hiding for several years in the 1990s, he has been living freely in New York in recent years, his friends say, appearing in public without obvious security, even as his status as a renowned author and champion of freedom of expression made him a celebrity.

In an interview last year, Rushdie, 75, was laid back and laid back as he discussed literature from his Manhattan home, adopting the air of someone who had long since reentered society and reveled in to be a city man. Asked about the long-standing call for his death, he replied simply, “Oh, I have to live my life.”

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