Knife Meditations After an Attempted Murder

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Publisher's Synopsis

A gripping account of survival and recovery from internationally renowned writer and Booker Prize-winner Salman Rushdie

This was a necessay book for me to write: a way to take charge of what happened. and to answer violence with art.

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, 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 writing with urgency, gravity, and unflinching honesty. It is also a deeply moving reminder of literature’s capacity to make sense of the unthinkable.

This an intimate and life-affirming meditation on life, loss, love, art – and finding the strength to stand up again.

Book information

ISBN: 9781787334793
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Jonathan Cape
Pub date:
DEWEY: 823.914
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 3545
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 410g
Height: 162mm
Width: 242mm
Spine width: 27mm