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Salman Rushdie: We live in a “culture of offendedness”

Award-winning novelist Salman Rushdie, who lived under a fatwa for a decade after the publication of "The Satanic Verses" in 1988, says that we live in a culture where it's too easy to hate.

Speaking to a crowd at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Tuesday, he said,"I do think that one of the characteristics of our age is the growth of this culture of offendedness. It has to do with the rise of identity politics, where you're invited to define your identity quite narrowly – you know, Western, Islamic, whatever it might be."

According to Rushdie, this wasn't always the case: "Classically, we have defined ourselves by the things we love. By the place which is our home, by our family, by our friends. But in this age we're asked to define ourselves by hate. That what defines you is what pisses you off. And if nothing pisses you off, who are you?

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