New York, Oct 11 (EFE).- Award-winning writer Salman Rushdie, stabbed last year by a Muslim extremist at a New York university, will publish his memoirs about that experience in April 2024 as a way to “respond to violence.” with art”, as announced by the author.
“Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder” is the title of the book that the novelist will publish with the Penguin Random House publishing house and in which he will address the attack he suffered when he was going to give a lecture at a literary event at an institution in Chautauqua, in upstate New York.
“It was necessary for me to write this book, a way to take charge of what happened and respond to violence with art,” Rushdie, 76, who has been threatened with death since 1989 by a fatwa issued by the Iranian regime after publish his book “The Satanic Verses”.
The author had indicated this past February in an interview with the weekly The New Yorker that he felt unable to write at the moment due to the attack, which left him seriously injured and resulted in the loss of an eye and a nearly paralyzed hand.
“I have what is called post-traumatic stress disorder. I am having many, many difficulties writing. I sit down to write, and nothing happens. I write, but it is a combination of emptiness and waste, things that I write and delete the next day” , he indicated in that interview.
Rushdie’s attacker, Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old Lebanese-American, pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and said he disliked Rushdie for having “attacked Islam,” but denied being in contact with Iran or having read the entire his book “The Satanic Verses”.
Rushdie remained in hiding for almost a decade after the threat of the Iranian regime and recounted that experience in his memoirs “Joseph Anton” (2012), whose title refers to the pseudonym that at that time, in homage to the writers Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov.
The British-Indian writer has written 15 novels, the most recent “Victory City,” which came out last February.