Days after suffering serious injuries in a stabbing at a lecture in New York, “The Satanic Verses” by author Salman Rushdie topped several Amazon bestsellers lists on Tuesday.
After the attack, which also injured his liver and severed the nerves in one of his arms, his agent Andrew Wylie warned that the author might lose an eye. Following that, the celebrated author was taken off a ventilator on Saturday and regained his ability to speak, according to Wylie.
The $3 million bounty on Rushdie’s head stems from “The Satanic Verses,” which has resulted in more than 30 years of death threats. After Rushdie’s 1988 book “The Satanic Verses” was published and some readers deemed it blasphemous for its portrayal of Islam, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the former supreme leader of Iran, issued a fatwa demanding his execution.
After Rushdie was stabbed, “The Satanic Verses” shot to the top of several bestsellers lists on Amazon on Monday and Tuesday. This continued throughout the weekend.
The book debuted as the #1 Best Seller on both the Contemporary British & Irish Literature list and the Literary Satire Fiction list on Amazon. On the Best Sellers in Literature & Fiction in Spanish page, the novel’s Spanish translation came in first. Salman Rushdie’s books did not even rank in the top 100 last Friday, according to Amazon page archives that were retrieved by the nonprofit Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. According to the Wayback Machine’s archive of Amazon’s Best Seller page, the book also occupied the 27th spot on Tuesday’s overall Amazon Best Sellers list even though it had also missed the top 100 last week.
His other books, such as “Midnight’s Children” and “Joseph Anton: A Memoir,” had previously not cracked the top 50 last month in the Asia Myth & Legend and Religious Intolerance sections, respectively.
The motive of the person detained in connection with Rushdie’s attack is still unknown, according to the police.
When asked if sales of Rushdie’s books had increased as a result of the incident on Friday, Amazon was unable to provide any proprietary sales information. Additionally, Random House, Rushdie’s publisher, was referred to CNBC by Amazon, but they were also unavailable for comment.