August 17, 2022: -Author Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses” beats several Amazon bestseller lists, days after he maintained painful injuries in a stabbing at a lecture in New York on Thursday.
His agent Andrew Wylie added that the author could lose an eye after the attack, damaging his liver and severed nerves in one arm. Since then, the award-winning novelist has carried off a ventilator on Saturday and could talk again, according to Wylie.
Rushdie has dealt with over 30 years of death dangers and a $3 million bounty on his head over “The Satanic Verses.” Former supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini allocated a fatwa calling for Rushdie’s demise after the 1988 publication of “The Satanic Verses,” which some readers found blasphemous for its depiction of Islam.
“The Satanic Verses” throughout the weekend after Rushdie’s stabbing skyrocketed to the top of several Amazon’s bestselling book lists on Monday and Tuesday.
The book came in as the #1 Best Seller in Amazon’s Literary Satire Fiction list and the Modern British & Irish Literature list. The Spanish version of the novel again topped the Best Sellers in Literature & Fiction in Spanish page. These were in contrast to the previous Friday when Rushdie’s books did not make the top 100, according to the archives of Salman Rushdie’s Amazon page, rescued by the non-profit Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
The title showed 27th place in the overall Amazon Best Sellers list on Tuesday, where it had not made the top 100 last week, as seen in Wayback Machine’s archive of Amazon’s Best Seller page.
His other books, including “Midnight’s Children” and “Joseph Anton: A Memoir,” had similarly topped the Best Sellers list for the Asia Myth & Legend and Religious Intolerance province, respectively, where the former had previously not cracked the top 50 in the previous month.
Police have not confirmed the motive of the individual arrested following the attack on Rushdie.
Amazon was unable to provide proprietary deal data when asked if sales of Rushdie’s books existed additional robust after the incident of Friday.