Renowned British author Salman Rushdie has revealed his intention to write a book recounting the harrowing knife attack he endured last year in New York. According to a report in The Guardian, Rushdie mentioned during a pre-recorded Zoom session at the Hay Literary Festival that he aims to delve into not only the incident itself but also its broader significance.

“I am currently in the process of writing a book about the attack on me—what unfolded and the implications it carries, extending beyond the actual assault,” Rushdie shared with the audience. He acknowledged that the task at hand is no walk in the park, but he considers it a necessary endeavor before embarking on any other literary projects. “While it is certainly not the easiest book to write, I feel compelled to address this experience in order to move forward. I cannot embark on a novel completely detached from this event… Thus, it is a matter I must confront,” he explained.

During the session, Mr. Rushdie reassured his listeners about his well-being, expressing gratitude for their concern. He mentioned that he is “doing okay” despite the traumatic incident. Furthermore, he expressed his heartfelt appreciation for the reception of his latest work, ‘Victory City,’ which he had completed prior to the stabbing incident. “I never take anything for granted. The fact that most readers appreciate the book means a great deal to me,” he added.

The horrific attack occurred on August 12, 2022, while the novelist was delivering a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. An individual rushed onto the stage, repeatedly stabbing and punching Rushdie. As a result of the “brutal” assault, the author lost sight in one eye and the use of one hand, requiring a two-month hospitalization for treatment and recovery.

Hadi Matar, the perpetrator behind the attack on Mr. Rushdie, is presently held without bail in the Chautauqua County Jail located in Mayville. Facing charges of second-degree attempted murder, Matar may potentially face a lengthy prison sentence following the conclusion of the trial.


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