Rushdie and Dracula

I finished reading Dracula when Salman Rushdie was stabbed. Published in 1897, Bram Stoker’s novel remains a formidable page turner. I couldn’t ask Rushdie, injured and lying in his hospital bed, what he thought about it. That’s a shame. I told myself that this book must have thrilled him. The historical character who inspired Stoker also appears in one of his novels, The Enchantress of Florence.

Among the Turks, in the fifteenth century, Vlad III the Impaler, voivode of Wallachia, provoked terror. He “could not be defeated by any ordinary power. People began to say that Prince Vlad drank the blood of the victims he impaled while they were struggling in the throes of death, planted on their stakes, and that drinking this fresh blood of men and women gave him strength. strange powers over death. He was immortal. We couldn’t kill him. He was also the worst bully. He had the noses of the men he had killed cut off and to boast of his prowess sent them to the Prince of Hungary. All these stories terrified the army, which did not march cheerfully on Wallachia”. However, after a month of uncovered horrors, the Turks return “in Istanbul, carrying the head of the devil in a jar of honey. So it appeared that Dracula might die after all, despite rumors to the contrary. His body had been impaled as he had impaled so many others and he was left to the monks of Snagov to bury him as they pleased”.

Rushdie and Dracula – Charlie Hebdo