Wednesday, September 17, 2008

"Jewel of Medina" to be published

I griped a little while ago about the lack of gumption Random House showed in declining to publish a novel, "The Jewel of Medina," a fictionalized treatment of the relationship between the Prophet Muhammad and his youngest bride -- apparently (it's not out yet, of course) something of a bodice-ripper -- for fear of retaliation by Muslim fanatics. Yes, it was their decision to make, but still . . .

Now the invaluable Alvaro Vargas Llosa has a column with good news, and a sensible analysis of the situation. The British publishing house Gibson Square, has decided to publish the book. I'm glad to see that a publishing house made this decision even in the face of possible threats. It suggests that have a couple. Maybe Hillary lent them hers.

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