British author Salman Rushdie poses behind copies of his book ‘Joseph Anton’ on October 1, 2012 in Berlin. Author Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses” topped several Amazon bestseller lists on Tuesday, days after he was seriously injured in a stab wound at a conference in New York.
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Author Salman Rushdie’s “The Satanic Verses” topped several Amazon bestseller lists on Tuesday, days after he was seriously injured in a stab wound at a conference in New York.
His agent Andrew Wylie said the author could lose an eye after the attack, which also damaged his liver and severed nerves in one arm. Since then, the award-winning novelist has been taken off a ventilator on Saturday and able to speak again, according to Wylie.
Rushdie faced more than 30 years of death threats and a $3 million bounty on his head for “The Satanic Verses.” Iran’s former supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for Rushdie’s death following the 1988 publication of ‘The Satanic Verses’, which some readers found blasphemous for its portrayal of Islam.
“The Satanic Verses” over the weekend after Rushdie’s stabbing rocketed to the top of several Amazon bestselling book lists on Monday and Tuesday.
The book arrived as the #1 best seller in Amazon’s Literary Satire Fiction list and the Contemporary British & Irish Literature list. The Spanish version of the novel also topped the Spanish Literature and Fiction Bestsellers page. This contrasts with last Friday, when Rushdie’s books didn’t even make the top 100, according to records from Salman Rushdie’s Amazon page retrieved by the nonprofit Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.
The title also claimed 27th place in Amazon’s overall bestseller list on Tuesday., where it also hadn’t made the top 100 last week, as seen in the Wayback Machine archives on Amazon’s Best Seller page.
His other books, including “Midnight’s Children” and “Joseph Anton: A Memoir”, also topped bestseller lists for the Asia Myth & Legend and Religious Intolerance sections respectively, where the former failed to reach the top. 50 last month.
Police have not confirmed the motive of the individual arrested in connection with Rushdie’s attack.
Amazon was unable to provide exclusive sales data when asked if sales of Rushdie’s books were stronger after Friday’s incident. Amazon also directed CNBC to Rushdie’s publisher, Random House, who was also unavailable for comment.