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  • Vinicius Monteiro

Writer Salman Rushdie launches "Knife", a book where he reflects on the attack he suffered

Writer Salman Rushdie launches "Knife", a book where he reflects on the attack he suffered

Writer Salman Rushdie launches this Tuesday, April 16th, his new work, "Knife: Reflections on an Attack", in which he comments on the attack he suffered almost two years ago in New York. A 24-year-old man attacked the writer with a knife at a literary event in New York and seriously injured him. To this day, the 76-year-old writer, winner of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, suffers from the consequences: he became blind in one eye and can no longer move one of his hands.


Released this Tuesday (16) in more than 15 countries, the book is the writer's way of "dealing with what happened and responding to violence with art". In "Knife: Reflections on an Attack", Salman Rushdie tells in just over 200 pages how he survived dozens of stab wounds inflicted by a young American of Lebanese origin, when the author was giving a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution to almost a thousand people.


"Knife: Reflections on an Attack" is the second work published by the Anglo-American novelist since the attack. Before that, he published his 15th novel, "Cidade da Vitória", an epic story that he had finished writing before the attack. Defender of freedom of expression, he is the author of several other novels such as "Midnight's Children", "Shame" and "Quichotte", as well as several essays.


The August 2022 attacker found it easy to act at the cultural event, as security measures were practically non-existent. He was later subdued and detained. He rejected the attempted murder charge and pleaded not guilty. The trial against him should have started in January 2024, but the defense argued that the accused would have the right to see the manuscript of the new book, which would be potential evidence in the process. A new date for the start of the trial has not yet been determined.


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