How The Satanic Verses failed to burn

In 1988, Bradford Muslims didn’t apparently manage to incinerate Rushdie’s book — symbolic, says Kenneth Baker, of the endurance of the written word

“Baker’s book is irresistible for the things one didn’t know. Erich Kästner had his adult books burned by Goebbels’s Nazi arsonists. He escaped with his life to discover, after the war, that his children’s classic, Emil and the Detectives, was the book most commonly confiscated from children who arrived at Belsen. It went to the bonfire as the children went to the ovens.”