'Don't want to hide', says Salman Rushdie, 30 yrs after fatwa

After decades spent in the shadow of a death sentence pronounced by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Salman Rushdie is quietly defiant.

"I don't want to live hidden away," he told during a visit to Paris.

The novelist's life changed forever on February 14, 1989, when Iran's spiritual leader ordered Rushdie's execution after branding his novel 'The Satanic Verses' blasphemous.

Like a kind of reverse Valentine, Tehran renewed the fatwa year after year. Rushdie spent 13 years living under a false name and constant police protection.

"I was 41 back then, now I am 71. Things are fine now," he said in September.

"We live in a world where the subject changes very fast. And this is a very old subject. There are now many other things to be frightened about -- and other people to kill," he added ruefully.