"I think that it (the fatwa) was very important to Christopher in his thinking and in his politics," Mr. Rushdie says. "And so he became very exorcised and therefore very available to me during that time. It certainly brought us much closer together."
"One of the things about Christopher is that you can have things out with him, and all of us who love Christopher have disagreed with him," says Salman Rushdie, a longtime friend. "He's one of the funniest people you can meet. It's difficult not to hit it off with him, unless he chooses to attack you, in which case it's impossible to hit it off with him."