Salman Rushdie to publish memoir KNIFE

Published by Vintage on 16 April 2024.

Salman Rushdie
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'This was a necessary book for me to write: a way to take charge of what happened, and to answer violence with art.'

Salman Rushdie

Internationally renowned writer, free speech advocate, and Booker Prize-winner Salman Rushdie’s new memoir, Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder, a gripping account of surviving an attempt on his life 30 years after the fatwa was ordered against him, will be published by Penguin Random House and in more than 15 territories on 16 April 2024.  

Cover of the memoir Knife by Salman Rushdie.

Speaking out for the first time, and in unforgettable detail, about the traumatic events of August 12, 2022, Knife is a powerful, deeply personal, and ultimately uplifting meditation on life, loss, love, the power of art, finding the strength to keep going – and to stand up again.

'KNIFE is a searing book, and a reminder of the power of words to make sense of the unthinkable. We are honoured to publish it, and amazed at Salman’s determination to tell his story, and to return to the work he loves,'
says Nihar Malaviya, CEO of Penguin Random House.

Vintage a division at Penguin Random House UK, will publish in hardback, ebook and audio on 16 April 2024.