Salman Rushdie’s new novel ‘Victory City’ is ready to be published nearly six months after he was brutally attacked with a knife in New York. In the horrifying attack, a man approached the writer onstage during a lecture and repeatedly stabbed him. The attack, which sent shockwaves around the world, was widely condemned as an assault on the freedom of expression.
75-year-old Rushdie, who was blinded in his right eye, on Monday shared his first picture since the attack. The author’s left hand was also badly injured by the stabbing. The knife attack took place over three decades after Iran had egged on Muslims to kill Rushdie after his book ‘The Satanic Verses’ offended religious sentiments. Religious leaders called it blasphemy. The novel was released in 1988.
His latest book ‘Victory City’ has been hailed by the literati as a win for freedom of expression.
Penguin Random House will release Rushdie’s upcoming 15th book, which takes the form of a translation of a fabled epic that was originally written in Sanskrit. The tale is about the Vijayanagara Empire, which dominated much of the southern end of the Indian subcontinent in the 14th century.
According to an interview with the New Yorker magazine that was published this week, Rushdie has experienced writing difficulties and nightmares since the assassination. During the interview, he referred to Hadi Matar, the guy accused of trying to kill him, as an idiot.
“All I’ve seen is his idiotic interview in the New York Post,” said Rushdie, who was born in Bombay, now Mumbai, and raised in a Muslim family. “Which only an idiot would do.”
25-year-old Matar, who has been behind the bars, told Post that he thought Rushdie had insulted Islam. Matar has pleaded not guilty to second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault. He remains jailed pending trial, which is not expected to begin for several months.