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Rushdie doesn’t regret writing novel ‘Verses’

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Salman Rushdie says he does not regret having written "The Satanic Verses," the book that drew an Iran-sponsored death sentence and forced him to spend years in hiding.

The 61-year-old novelist said he had always tried to ask big questions about the role of the individual in history and society.

"The question I'm always asking myself is: are we masters or victims? Do we make history or does history make us? Do we shape the world or are we just shaped by it?" Rushdie said in an interview published Wednesday in London.

He said the question of whether individuals acted with free will or were passive victims of events "is, I think, a great question and one that I have always tried to ask" in novels like "The Satanic Verses."