Salman Rushdie releases new novel six months after stabbing assault


By Jonathan Allen

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Salman Rushdie’s new novel “Victory Metropolis” might be printed on Tuesday, almost six months after a person repeatedly stabbed the author onstage throughout a lecture in New York state in what was extensively condemned as an assault on freedom of expression.

Rushdie, 75, was blinded in his proper eye and his left hand was badly injured by the stabbing, which occurred greater than three a long time after Iran instructed Muslims to kill Rushdie due to what spiritual leaders stated was blasphemy in his 1988 novel, “The Satanic Verses.”

Rushdie’s upcoming fifteenth novel might be printed by Penguin Random Home and takes the type of a translation of a legendary epic initially written in Sanskrit in regards to the Vijayanagara Empire that dominated over a lot of the southern finish of the Indian subcontinent within the 14th century.

Because the assault, Rushdie has struggled to put in writing and has suffered nightmares, he informed the New Yorker journal in an interview printed this week. He known as the person charged along with his tried homicide, Hadi Matar, an fool within the interview.

“All I’ve seen is his idiotic interview within the New York Submit,” stated Rushdie, who was born in Bombay, now Mumbai, and raised in a Muslim household. “Which solely an fool would do.”

Matar, 25, informed the Submit in a jailhouse interview shortly after the stabbing that he thought Rushdie had insulted Islam.

After Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Iran’s supreme chief, pronounced a fatwa, or spiritual edict, calling for Rushdie’s loss of life, the author spent years in hiding underneath the safety of British police. However lately he lived extra overtly and was typically seen in New York Metropolis.

Matar has pleaded not responsible to second-degree tried homicide and second-degree assault. He stays jailed pending trial, which isn’t anticipated to start for a number of months.

Rushdie spent six weeks recuperating in hospital and nonetheless requires common medical visits, he informed the New Yorker. He stated he hoped the assault wouldn’t overshadow the novel.

“I’ve all the time thought that my books are extra fascinating than my life,” he informed the journal. “Sadly, the world seems to disagree.”

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; modifying by Donna Bryson and Josie Kao)

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