Divorce from Padma was emotionally violent: Salman Rushdie

Last Updated: Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 23:15

London, April 03: Controversial India-born author Salman Rushdie has revealed that his wife Padma Lakshmi`s decision to divorce him had a crippling effect on him.

Speaking for the first time of his "emotionally violent" split last year from the Chennai-born model and actress who is 23 years his junior, 60-year-old Rushdie told Tatler magazine "it provoked a crippling bout of writer`s block which threatened to end my literary career."

The Booker prize winning author said "I got very worried that I`d lost it because the break-up of my marriage suddenly intervened in an extremely emotionally violent way and there were two months or so - May, June - where I really couldn`t work.

He said "divorce is a very difficult thing and it was very painful for me. I think the only shred of dignity that remains in these situations is to keep your mouth shut."

Rushdie met Padma at a magazine launch party in 1999, while still married to his third wife Elizabeth West. He wed Padma five years later.

Renowned as a literary workhorse, the author, who faced death threats from Muslim extremists after a fatwa was imposed on him in 1989 for his controversial book The Satanic Verses, became increasingly concerned.

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I became very panicky
Salman Rushdie



First Published: Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 23:15
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