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The trial of the person who attacked Salman Rushdie has been delayed due to the author's memoir.
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The trial of the person who attacked Salman Rushdie has been delayed due to the author’s memoir.

The court case for the individual charged with stabbing Salman Rushdie has been delayed due to the release of the author’s memoir detailing the incident.

In 2022, a lawyer representing Hadi Matar, who was accused of attacking Rushdie during a performance in New York, convinced judge David Foley to postpone the trial just before it was scheduled to start on January 8th.

The lawyer for Matar contended that they have the right to view the memoir, set to be published in April, and any associated materials prior to Matar’s trial, as these documents serve as evidence.

On August 12th, 2022, while giving a speech at the Chautauqua Institution, Rushdie was violently stabbed by a man who rushed onto the stage. The assault resulted in Rushdie losing vision in one eye and losing the use of one hand. Matar was quickly apprehended and admitted guilt to charges of attempted murder in the second degree and assault in the second degree.

The district attorney of Chautauqua County, Jason Schmidt, stated that the trial’s new date has yet to be determined. The delay will not have an impact on the final decision.

Penguin will release Knife: Meditations After an Attempted Murder on April 16. At the Hay Festival in June, Rushdie revealed in a pre-recorded video that he is currently writing a new book that will be a “relatively short” read at around 200 pages.

“It’s a challenging book to write, but it’s necessary for me to move forward and pursue other projects. I cannot begin writing a completely unrelated novel until I address this first,” he explained. “Therefore, I must face it and work through it.”

According to AP, defense lawyer Nathaniel Barone plans to subpoena the material.

Rushdie’s latest novel, Victory City – which was written before the attack – was published in February 2022. He previously published a memoir, Joseph Anton, in 2012, about his time in hiding after the former supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for his death after the publication of Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses, which was deemed blasphemous.

The CEO of Penguin Random House, Nihar Malaviya, described Knife as a “powerful” book that serves as a reminder of the impact of language in understanding the unimaginable.

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to share it, and impressed by Salman’s perseverance in sharing his story and returning to his passion for work,” he stated.

Source: theguardian.com