published a 12,000-word piece written by Salman Rushdie about the famous fatwa, and its immediate aftermath. It's an absolutely riveting story.
(Also, strangely, it's written in third person. "There was a novel growing in him, but its exact nature eluded him. It
would be a big book, he knew that, ranging widely over space and time." e.g.)
And but, I'd highly recommend carving out some time to read it, too. But if you don't have the time, here are the highlights:
— I don't know that I've ever seen the actual text of the fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini, but here it is, quoted in the story's opening lines: "I inform the proud Muslim people of the world
that the author of the 'Satanic Verses' book, which is against Islam,
the Prophet and the Koran, and all those involved in its publication who
were aware of its content, are sentenced to death. I ask all the
Muslims to execute them wherever they find them." Awfully chilling and stark, isn't it?
— On the morning the fatwa was issued, Valentine's Day 1989, Rushdie attended a memorial service for a friend. Martin Amis was there, and expressed his concern for Rushdie's safety. The novelist Paul Theroux was also there, and expresses something approximately opposite to concern, joking "I suppose we’ll be here for you next week, Salman."