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Meditations After an Attempted Murder

April 16, 2024 | Hardcover
ISBN: 9781039009653
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From internationally renowned writer and Booker Prize winner Salman Rushdie, a searing, deeply personal account of enduring--and surviving--an attempt on his life thirty years after the fatwa that was ordered against him.

Speaking out for the first time, and in unforgettable detail, about the traumatic events of August 12, 2022, Salman Rushdie answers violence with art, and reminds us of the power of words to make sense of the unthinkable. Knife is a gripping, intimate, and ultimately life-affirming meditation on life, loss, love, art--and finding the strength to stand up again.

About this Author

SALMAN RUSHDIE is the author of fifteen novels--Luka and the Fire of Life; Grimus; Midnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker); Shame; The Satanic Verses; Haroun and the Sea of Stories; The Moor's Last Sigh; The Ground Beneath Her Feet; Fury; Shalimar the Clown; The Enchantress of Florence; Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights; The Golden House;  Quichotte (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize); and Victory City--and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published five works of nonfiction--The Jaguar Smile; Imaginary Homelands; Step Across This Line; Joseph Anton; and Languages of Truth--and coedited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.

ISBN: 9781039009653
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 224
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Published: 2024-04-16


"Candid, plain-spoken, and gripping. . . . Humane and often witty. . . . Humour bubbles up organically from pain. . . . Knife is a clarifying book. . . . It reminds us of the things worth fighting for. . . . I put this book down only once or twice, to wipe off the sweat." --Dwight Garner, New York Times Book Review

"Salman Rushdie's memoir is horrific, upsetting--and a masterpiece. . . . Knife is a tour-de-force, in which the great novelist takes his brutal near-murder and spins it into a majestic essay on art, pain and love . . . full of Rushdie's wit, his wisdom, his stoicism, his optimism, his love of all culture from the so-called 'high' to the so-called 'low'. . . .  [Rushdie] has proved himself adept at describing miracles." --Daily Telegraph

"It is hard to think of a contemporary novelist of English prose who has faced such an extreme and public ordeal and has lived to put the tale into language, language that performs that miraculous, triumphant trick of making you feel what it must be like to be someone else. . . . Knife is a rich, immersive, feisty account of his journey through darkness back to the light. Part thriller, part love story, part celebration of literature, it's an incandescent book full of hair-raising descriptions of hard-won survival and beautiful, philosophical passages about art, freedom and resilience. . . . Rushdie has not just enlarged literature's capacities, he has expanded the world's imaginative possibilities--and he has paid a tremendous price for it. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude." --The Times

"Knife is a visceral, intimate book." --The New York Times

"Extraordinary. . . . The writing is as good as it has ever been. . . . [Knife] is a courageous defence of free speech." --The Guardian

"Life-affirming. . . . It is hard to imagine a book more visceral, personal, vulnerable. . . . Rushdie pours himself, heart and soul, onto the page. . . . He uses his art, a tool he wields with customary power and precision, to blunt the impact of the blade that almost ended his life. . . . [Knife] is a deep reflection on the transience of happiness, and the fragility of life. . . . It is a celebration of the power--and necessity--of art as the medium through which we can, and must, make sense of the world and fight back against the worst of human nature. . . . [A] clarion call of defiance." ­--The New Statesman

"Gripping. . . . A surprisingly tender and redemptive story. . . .  Among the supporting cast in Knife is the knife itself--at once a cold, sharp object and a metaphor for hatred, fanaticism and life's ruptures. . . . Triumphantly, [Rushdie] has risen again." --The Economist

"Knife is not just a candid and fearless book but--against all odds--a defiantly witty one. . . . [Rushdie] has published this fizzing, galloping memoir. It has pace, drive, urgency--along with surprise doses of comedy, tenderness and wonder. . . . A 'reckoning,' if not quite a catharsis, [Knife is] Rushdie's invigorating dispatch from (almost) the far side of death's door." --Financial Times

"Although the account of his violent ordeal is dramatic . . . the book is also a nuanced meditation on life, death, the importance of art, and the chilling daily reality of violence. . . . The book is perceptive and full of drollery, and perhaps masks that this is still a profoundly wounded man trying to work through his own PTSD. . . . The knife assault and his recovery offer a stark reminder of both the best and the worst of human nature, and the book fulfils his aim to take charge of what happened on that terrible day and 'to answer violence with art.'" --The Independent

"At one point [Rushdie] quotes Martin Amis: 'When you publish a book, you either get away with it, or you don't.' He has more than got away with this one. It's scary but heartwarming, a story of hatred defeated by love. There's even room for a few jokes." --The Guardian

"This is a brave book by a brave man. Bravo, Salman Rushdie." --Evening Standard

"An exceptional book written in exceptional circumstances by a writer who wanted to 'answer violence with art."

"Like all epics . . . [Knife] is fraught with ironies and allegories, moral motifs and lessons both costly and priceless. . . . An appreciation of the love unleashed in response to the assault . . . [including] the love of [Rushdie's] wife Eliza . . . the compassionate love that propelled the audience members who rushed to save his life . . .  and the love expressed by people around the world . . . who hoped and prayed for his recovery." --Policy Magazine

"A bright and rousing book about how [Rushdie] dealt with the cruel cuts and, quite miraculously, stitched his body and his life together again. . . . [Knife is] a positive, life-affirming work and, as one may have expected, the story about the attack, the trauma, and the recovery is dotted by delightful digressions [and] strewn with literary references. . . . Gripping." --The Hindu

"A writer in full command of his talent. . . . Rushdie addresses his attack with emotional elegance." --Houston Chronicle

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