Knife Knife

Knife

Meditations After an Attempted Murder

    • 4.3 • 72 Ratings
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    • $14.99

Publisher Description

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER • From 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
 
On the morning of August 12, 2022, Salman Rushdie was standing onstage at the Chautauqua Institution, 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 toward him, wielding a knife. His first thought: So it’s you. Here you are.

What followed was a horrific act of violence that shook the literary world and beyond. Now, for the first time, and in unforgettable detail, Rushdie relives the traumatic events of that day and its aftermath, as well as his journey toward 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 at the peak of his powers, writing with urgency, with gravity, with unflinching honesty. It is also a deeply moving reminder of literature’s capacity to make sense of the unthinkable, an intimate and life-affirming meditation on life, loss, love, art—and finding the strength to stand up again.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2024
April 16
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
224
Pages
PUBLISHER
Random House Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
2.9
MB

Customer Reviews

DFS44 ,

Worth It

I liked this book, not least because it was short. An essay about how 27 seconds can both forever alter and not alter a life. Rushdie’s view of existence is worth reading. There are strong lines throughout. And, his humor is intact. You feel like you’re reading a great letter from a good friend.

shallowread ,

Knife

Two thumbs down. Not interested in a book primarily about an old man who scored with a young woman. Yuck.

wynbee ,

Trauma therapy

What a horrible thing to have happened, and amazing that Rushdie survived and recovered! However the book, as he admits, is basically self-therapy for his trauma. Seems like a good thing for the injured to write about trauma to overcome it - but it doesn’t seem to do much for the reader. While funny and caustic at times (classic Rushdie), it verges on self-importance, and the “title-dropping” is off-putting. But may he stay safe!

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