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access_time October 10, 2012 at 11:19 PM in Culture by Justin Weinblatt

Mario Helped Condemned Author Salman Rushdie Through His Dark Days

Salman Rushdie is a famed author who has a prolific catalog of books.  One of Rushdie’s books, The Satanic Verses, was considered by the Iranian government to be blasphemous.  After the publication of this book, a fatwah was placed on Rushdie’s life.  Essentially, a fatwah is a death warrant.  Naturally, this led to tough times for the author.  During these times, Rushdie looked to the Mushroom Kingdom for solace.

In his memoirs, entitled Joseph Anton, Rushdie writes, in third person, about his adventures with Mario and Luigi.  Here is what Rushdie wrote on the matter.

“Marianne came around and scolded him for playing video games. Thanks to Zafar, he had grown fond of Mario the plumber and his brother Luigi and sometimes Super Mario World felt like a happy alternative to the one he lived in the rest of the time. ‘Read a good book,’ his wife told him scornfully. ‘Give it up.’ He lost his temper. ‘Don’t tell me how to live my life,’ he exploded, and she made a grand exit.

Alone at Hermitage Lane he reached the end of his Super Mario game, defeating the big bad Bowser himself and rescuing the insufferably pink Princess Toadstool. He was glad Marianne was not there to witness his triumph.”

I’ve never had a fatwah placed on me, but I’ve been through a few rough times, and getting lost in some of my favorite games has helped me through those times.  I’ve also been scolded by girlfriends for my gaming habit.  Whether you’re a world famous author or a lowly internet columnist, it seems we’re all the same.

Has gaming ever helped you through a troubled time?  If so, sound off in the comments section.  Also, be sure to check out a more in depth look at Rushdie’s relationship with Mario over at The Millions


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