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Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder

A Memoir by Salman Rushdie

On the morning of August 12, 2022, Salman Rushdie stood onstage at the Chautauqua Institution, preparing to give a lecture on the importance of keeping writers safe from harm. Little did he know that this day would become etched in his memory as the moment when violence intersected with art, and words took on a new significance.

The Stabbing Attack

As Rushdie addressed the audience, a man in black—clad in black clothes and wearing a black mask—rushed down the aisle toward him, brandishing a knife. The attack left Rushdie hospitalized and blind in one eye, forever altering his perspective on life and literature.

Defeating Hatred with Love

In his autobiographical book, Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder, Rushdie reflects on the traumatic events of that day. He answers violence with art, using the power of words to make sense of the unthinkable. The book, published in April 2024 by Jonathan Cape, has resonated with readers, hitting number one on the Sunday Times Bestsellers List in the General hardbacks category.

A Life Defined by Threats

Rushdie's life has been marked by ongoing threats since the 1988 publication of his novel, The Satanic Verses. The controversy surrounding the book led to a 1989 fatwa issued by Ayatollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran. Despite these challenges, Rushdie continues to write, creating a powerful testament to resilience and the enduring impact of literature.

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