Salman Rushdie working on book about being stabbed on stage

By India Today World Desk: Indian-born author Salman Rushdie is writing a book on being stabbed last year on stage in New York. The attack resulted in him losing sight in one eye.

“I’m trying to write a book about the attack on me – what happened and what it means, not just about the attack, but around it,” Salman Rushdie was quoted as saying by The Guardian. Rushdie was speaking at an event in the UK where he appeared virtually via Zoom.

“It will be a relatively short book, a couple of hundred pages. It’s not the easiest book in the world to write but it’s something I need to get past in order to do anything else. I can’t really start writing a novel that’s got nothing to do with this, so, I just have to deal with it,” Rushdie said.

At the event named Hay Festival, Salman Rushdie received the prose medal for his recent book Victory City. Speaking about Victory City, Rushdie said, “Most people seem to like the book and that means a lot.” Rushdie also said that he was now “doing OK” and was “gratified” by the positive reviews Victory City, which was published after the attack but which he finished writing before.

Salman Rushdie was stabbed in August last year when he was about to deliver a public lecture in the United States. Hadi Matar, who stabbed Rushdie, was charged with attempted murder.

Rushdie had to spend around six weeks in a hospital after the knife attack and loss of vision in one eye. It has reportedly become difficult for Rushdie to type as he suffered from hand injuries that led to a lack of feeling in some of his fingertips.

Salman Rushdie lived in hiding for almost 10 years after the publication of his book The Satanic Verses in 1988 resulted in a fatwa being issued against him. There were numerous protests over allegations that the book was anti-Islamic. Rushdie received death threats, and the then-leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, called for the author’s assassination and set a ‘reward’ of $3 million on his head.

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