The Satanic Verses Sales Skyrocket After Salman Rushdie Attack

( Sales of “The Satanic Verses” by Salman Rushdie skyrocketed after the author was attacked in New York, according to Summit News. The book was the subject of much controversy when it was first released in 1988 for which he has since received death threats. The book tackles Islamic extremism which has been criticized by extremists and their sympathizers alike as being blasphemous for depicting the prophet Muhammed.

The book has topped the Amazon bestseller chart in the Contemporary Literature & Fiction, Fiction Satire and Humorous Literary Fiction genres. The audiobook has also rose to number seventh, while being the second bestseller in both the Politics & Social Science and the Self-Help & Psychology Humor.

The reviews have been positive of the book, lauding free speech in spite of the attack on Rushdie’s life. One reviewer wrote, “Hope this book becomes #1 bestseller again just as a big F*** you to religious extremists and sympathizers,” adding “I didn’t even know about this book before. So if the idea was to spread the author’s message in modern times, then they succeeded!”

“I just bought this book in response to extremists who try to silence people. You will not win,” another reviewer added.

“Dear Mr. would-be assassin, this book is now back on the bestseller lists. You did that. You tried to silence Salman Rushdie for writing something you found offensive, and now that very work is going to be in more homes, read by more people than ever before,” another review read.

Rushdie, 75, reportedly underwent surgery after being stabbed several times before a lecture he was scheduled to give at Chautauqua Institution. During the suspects arraignment, Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt said that Rushdie suffered three stab wounds to his neck, four stab wounds to his stomach, puncture wounds to his right eye and chest, and a laceration on his right thigh.

He is reportedly conscious and “articulate” following the surgery. The suspect has been identified at 24-year-old Hadi Matar lunged at Rushdie as he was on the stage. His mother says that Matar went on a trip to the Middle East in 2018 and returned as a “moody introvert.”