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Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder

Biography & True Stories, Literary Biographies
Hardback Published on: 16/04/2024
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Art’s Victory Over Violence
Senseless violence is always a tragedy, yet the attempted assassination of Salman Rushdie in 2022 seemed especially disturbing. I believe this is because i... READ MORE
Eibhlín Munster
Salman's tale grips from the outset, thrusting readers into a tumult of survival and introspection. Beginning with a life-threatening incident, the narrati... READ MORE
Thought Provoking
Thank you to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. I don't quite know where to st... READ MORE
Charlotte  Fawdington
What a mind!
Wow, this man is brave. What a touching, elegant, lyrical and truthful essay this is, full of literary quotes, the healing love of family, friends and fell... READ MORE
Chris Bedford
A moving and thought-provoking book
This is a fascinating account of the day when Salman Rushdie fell victim to a knife-wielding attacker, the people who helped him during his subsequent reco... READ MORE
Jonathan in Cambridge


On 12th August 2022, the internationally-renowned author Salman Rushdie was attacked – thirty years after a fatwa against him was ordered - on stage at a public book event. Knife is his deeply personal account of this traumatic, life-changing experience in which he answers violence with the art of literature.


From internationally renowned writer and 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.

Speaking out for the first time, and in unforgettable detail, about the traumatic events of August 12, 2022, Salman Rushdie answers violence with art, and reminds us of the power of words to make sense of the unthinkable. Knife is a gripping, intimate, and ultimately life-affirming meditation on life, loss, love, art—and finding the strength to stand up again.

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781787334793
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Weight: 408g
  • Dimensions: 242 x 160 x 22 mm

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Ultimately life affirming
I’m so glad to have read this book. Were it not for loving the author’s other work, I would not have wanted to read about such dreadful events, however as... READ MORE
James Hadley
An immensely personal, moving, and powerful account.
This is an immensely personal, intimate, moving, and powerful account of 13 months in Salman Rushdie’s life. On 12 August 2022, when he is about to start ... READ MORE
Ian Payton
A great read from a brilliant writer!
This is a beautiful and inspiring read that details the emotional and physical recovery of Salman Rushdie after a brutal knife attack on August 12th 2022 a... READ MORE
Sarah Evans
Moving and heartfelt
Excellent memoir. Emotionally and intellectually honest, brief and to the point nevertheless, which is to say, Rushdie bares his whole being to share his a... READ MORE