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Meditations After an Attempted Murder

Inbunden,  Engelska, 2024-04-16
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A gripping account of survival and recovery from internationally renowned writer and Booker Prize-winner Salman Rushdie 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 its 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 literatures 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.
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Salman Rushdies 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 lovefull of Rushdies wit, his wisdom, his stoicism, his optimism, his love of all culture from the so-called high to the so-called low. -- Erica Wagner * Daily Telegraph * Knife is a rich, immersive, feisty account of [Rushdie's] journey through darkness back to the light. Part thriller, part love story, part celebration of literature, its an incandescent book full of hair-raising descriptions of hard-won survival and beautiful, philosophical passages about art, freedom and resilienceRushdie has not just enlarged literatures capacities, he has expanded the worlds imaginative possibilities and he has paid a tremendous price for it. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude. -- Johanna Thomas Corr * The Times * Rushdies triumph is not to be other: despite his terrible injuries and the threat he still lives under, he remains incorrigibly himself, as passionate as ever about art and free speech... At one point he quotes Martin Amis: When you publish a book, you either get away with it, or you dont. He has more than got away with this one. Its scary but heartwarming, a story of hatred defeated by love. -- Blake Morrison * The Guardian * With both candour and rich detail, and reminding us again of his knack for storytelling, Knife celebrates art and love over violence, resilience over acquiescence * i, *Books to Look Out for 2024* * Knife is a clarifying book. It reminds us of the threats the free world faces. It reminds us of the things worth fighting for. Rushdies friend Christopher Hitchens, in the wake of the initial fatwa, eloquently explained the stakes. The affair drew a line between everything I hated versus everything I loved, he wrote. In the hate column: dictatorship, religion, stupidity, demagogy, censorship, bullying and intimidation. In the love column: literature, irony, humor, the individual and the defense of free expression. His words apply to this book. * New York Times * Although the account of his violent ordeal is dramaticthe book is also a nuanced meditation on life, death, the importance of art, and the chilling daily reality of violence... the book fulfils his aim to take charge of what happened on that terrible day and to answer violence with art" -- Martin Chilton * The Independent * Rushdie has never written quite as directly as this, or emotionally. He emerges as stoic, droll, and astonishingly brave. There are moments when these events are painful to set down, he says. Theyre painful to read, too, but necessary. As simple testimony, it makes for an incredibly compelling reading experience. The aim of the attack was ultimately to silence him. The aim failed. Salman Rushdie is a writer. The pen proved mightier than the sword after all. -- Nick Duerden * i news * Brave and compelling Knife isnt only Rushdies finest book in years, its also his most enjoyable * Daily Mail, *Book of the Week* * A surprisingly tender and redemptive story * Economist * Sir Salman Rushdie is a genius - only he could turn his stabbing into art... This is a brave book by a brave man. Bravo, Salman Rushdie * Evening Standard *

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Salman Rushdie is the author of fifteen previous novels, including Midnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), The Satanic Verses, and Quichotte (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize). A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature and was made a Companion of Honour in the Queen's last Birthday Honours list in 2022.