Salman Rushdie came out of hiding for the first time in 21 months and pleaded for Moslem faithful to end a death edict against him, saying the furor over his book "The Satanic Verses" was dying down.

In a late-night interview with BBC-TV Monday night, Rushdie called on hard-line Moslems to negotiate an end to the death sentence against him.Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued the death sentence against Rushdie Feb. 14, 1989, four months before the Iranian spiritual leader died, for Rushdie's alleged blasphemy against Islam in "The Satanic Verses."