Salman Rushdie book sales soar after knife attack left him fighting for his life in hospital

Salman Rushdie book sales soar after knife attack left him fighting for his life in hospital

  • Sales of Salman Rushdie’s controversial novel The Satanic Verses have skyrocketed
  • The 75-year-old was stabbed multiple times this month in New York state
  • On August 20, the book reached its highest spot at number 120 on the bestseller chart, up from 24,491 for the week before the attack.

Sales of Salman Rushdie’s controversial novel The Satanic Verses skyrocketed after the author was attacked onstage.

The 75-year-old was stabbed multiple times this month before giving a talk at the Chautauqua Institution in New York state.

He suffered serious eye, arm and liver injuries and is recovering in hospital.

Sir Salman had a fatwa issued against him by the Iranian leader in 1989 after the Satanic verses were deemed blasphemous by some Muslims.

Sales of Salman Rushdie’s controversial novel The Satanic Verses skyrocket after the author was attacked onstage

Photographed in 1989, Rushdie was stabbed multiple times this month before giving a talk at the Chautauqua Institution in New York state.

Photographed in 1989, Rushdie was stabbed multiple times this month before giving a talk at the Chautauqua Institution in New York state.

During the week of August 14–20, the paperback edition of the book reached its highest spot at #120 on the bestseller chart, up from 24,491 for the week before the attack.

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

And with rare physical copies, The Satanic Verses ebook entered the Amazon charts at number 12 for the first time in the week of August 14. The famous writer is set to release his next book, Victory City, in February 2023.

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

Pictured: The novelist's alleged attacker, Hadi Matar, 24, has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and second-degree assault

Pictured: The novelist’s alleged attacker, Hadi Matar, 24, has pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and second-degree assault

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