Novelist Salman Rushdie has sold his unfinished memoir to Random House worldwide. The publisher has acquired “hardcover, paperback, audio, and e-book rights for English- German-and Spanish-language editions” of the book about Rushdie’s life, from his years in public school to his years in hiding with a fatwah hanging over his head.
Andrew Wylie from The Wylie Agency negotiated the deal (proving once and for all that problems between the publisher and Wylie’s agency have been resolved). The manuscript should be finished by next year.
Random House imprint publisher Susan Kamil had this statement: “Will Murphy, his U.S. editor, and I have read many pages from Mr. Rushdie’s first draft, and we are dazzled once again by his prodigious literary gifts and his mesmerizing ability to tell a riveting story, this time of his very own life. We can’t wait to read the completed manuscript and to work with him to bring it to publication.”