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  • Published: 16 April 2024
  • ISBN: 9781787334809
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $36.99
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Knife

Meditations After an Attempted Murder




A searing, deeply personal account of enduring a brutal attempt on his life, thirty years after the fatwa that was ordered against him - from internationally renowned writer and Booker Prize-winner Salman Rushdie

A searing, deeply personal account of enduring a brutal attempt on his life, thirty years after the fatwa that was ordered against him - from internationally renowned writer and Booker Prize-winner Salman Rushdie

On the morning of 12 August 2022, Salman Rushdie was standing onstage at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, preparing to give a lecture on the importance of keeping writers safe from harm, when a man in black – black clothes, black mask – rushed down the aisle towards him, wielding a knife. His first thought: So it’s you. Here you are.

What followed was a horrific act of violence that shook the literary world and beyond. Now, for the first time, and in unforgettable detail, Rushdie relives the traumatic events of that day and its aftermath, as well as his journey towards physical recovery and the healing that was made possible by the love and support of his wife, Eliza, his family, his army of doctors and physical therapists, and his community of readers worldwide.

Knife is Rushdie at the peak of his powers, writing with urgency, with gravity, with unflinching honesty. It is also a deeply moving reminder of literature’s capacity to make sense of the unthinkable, an intimate and life-affirming meditation on life, loss, love, art – and finding the strength to stand up again.

  • Published: 16 April 2024
  • ISBN: 9781787334809
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $36.99
Categories:

About the author

Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen previous novels, including Midnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), The Satanic Verses, and Quichotte (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize). A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature and was made a Companion of Honour in the Queen's last Birthday Honours list in 2022.

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Praise for Knife

Salman Rushdie is a storyteller of prodigious powers, able to conjure up whole geographies, causalities, climates, creatures, customs, out of thin air

New York Times Book Review

The literary map of India is about to be redrawn... Midnight’s Children sounds like a continent finding its voice

New York Times

Rushdie has the power of description, and we succumb

The Times

Joseph Anton is a splendid book, the finest new memoir to cross my desk in many a year... The length of the book, and its wealth of quotidian detail, serve to draw the reader into the life that Rushdie was forced to lead, to make his isolation and fear palpable

Washington Post

With both candour and rich detail, and reminding us again of his knack for storytelling, Knife celebrates art and love over violence, resilience over acquiescence

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