Salman Rushdie On Surviving “Colossal” Knife Assault

'I'm Lucky': Salman Rushdie On Surviving 'Colossal' Knife Attack

“I will rise up and stroll round,” Salman Rushdie informed ‘The New Yorker’ journal


Salman Rushdie, the Mumbai-born creator of Booker Prize-winning novel ‘Midnight’s Kids’, stated on Monday that he feels fortunate to have survived the final yr’s brutal stabbing at a literary occasion within the US as he spoke for the primary time in regards to the “colossal assault”.

The 75-year-old British American novelist was giving a lecture on the Chautauqua Establishment in New York – the place he’s primarily based – on August 12 final yr when a person reached the stage and stabbed and punched him a number of instances.

In his first interview for the reason that assault which has brought about lack of imaginative and prescient in a single eye, the creator informed ‘The New Yorker’ journal that his fundamental feeling was considered one of gratitude to those that confirmed their assist and his household, together with sons Zafar and Milan.

“I am fortunate. What I actually need to say is that my fundamental overwhelming feeling is gratitude,” Mr Rushdie informed the journal.

“I will rise up and stroll round. After I say I am high quality, I imply, there are bits of my physique that want fixed checkups. It was a colossal assault,” he stated.

Requested if he felt it had been a mistake to let his guard down in New York, years after the fatwa by Iran’s former supreme chief Ayatollah Khomeini referred to as on Muslims to assassinate the creator over the allegedly “blasphemous” novel ‘The Satanic Verses’, he replied: “Nicely, I am asking myself that query, and I do not know the reply to it. I did have greater than 20 years of life. So, is {that a} mistake?” “Additionally, I wrote plenty of books. ‘The Satanic Verses’ was my fifth printed e-book – my fourth printed novel – and this [‘Victory City’] is my twenty-first. So, three-quarters of my life as a author has occurred for the reason that fatwa. In a means, you possibly can’t remorse your life,” he added.

The celebrated creator informed the journal that he was very moved by the tributes that his near-death impressed and is set to look ahead.

“It is very good that everyone was so moved by this, you recognize? I had by no means considered how folks would react if I used to be assassinated, or virtually assassinated,” he stated.

“I’ve tried very exhausting over these years to keep away from recrimination and bitterness. I simply assume it isn’t an excellent look. One of many methods I’ve handled this entire factor is to look ahead and never backwards. What occurs tomorrow is extra necessary than what occurred yesterday,” he added.

“She sort of took over at a degree after I was helpless,” he stated of his spouse, poet and novelist Rachel Eliza Griffiths.

His newest novel, ‘Victory Metropolis’, accomplished earlier than the assault, traces again to a visit many years in the past to Hampi, the location in Karnataka of the ruins of the medieval Vijayanagara empire.

“The primary kings of Vijayanagara introduced, fairly critically, that they have been descended from the moon… It is like saying, ‘I’ve descended from the identical household as Achilles.’ Or Agamemnon. And so, I assumed, effectively, in case you may say that, I can say something,” the creator stated.

Mr Rushdie’s attacker Hadi Matar is being held within the Chautauqua County Jail within the village of Mayville, charged with tried homicide within the second diploma and dealing with a prolonged jail sentence. 

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