People Rush to Buy Salman Rushdie’s Controversial Novel ‘The Satanic Verses’ After Knife Attack Left Him Fighting For His Life

 

Sir Salman had a fatwa issued against him by Iran’s leader in 1989 after The Satanic Verses was deemed blasphemous by some Muslims.

By Thandiubani

 

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It has been revealed that sales of Salman Rushdie’s controversial novel The Satanic Verses have soared.

 

This followed an attack on him some weeks ago by a knifeman.

 

The 75-year-old was stabbed multiple times this month before he was due to deliver a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in New York state. He suffered severe injuries to his eye, arm, and liver and is recovering in hospital.

 

Sir Salman had a fatwa issued against him by Iran’s leader in 1989 after The Satanic Verses was deemed blasphemous by some Muslims.

 

From August 14 to August 20, the paperback edition of the book hit its highest ever spot at 120th in the bestselling chart, up from 24,491st for the week before the attack, according to Mail Online.

 

Those trying to secure a copy of the book through Waterstones and Foyles face a two-week wait.

 

The Satanic Verses ebook entered the Amazon charts at number 12 for the first time in the week from August 14. The celebrated writer is set to release his next book, Victory City, in February 2023.

The novelist’s suspected attacker, 24-year-old Hadi Matar, has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree attempted murder and assault.

 

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