Salman Rushdie said he felt his life was “relatively normal” in an interview conducted just two weeks before he was stabbed on stage in the US.
The award-winning writer is in a critical condition after being attacked at an event on Friday.
He has faced years of death threats for his novel The Satanic Verses, which some Muslims see as blasphemous.
There has been an outpouring of support, with the attack condemned as an assault on freedom of expression.
Mr Rushdie, 75, has been put on a ventilator, is unable to speak, and may lose one eye, his agent said.
Stern magazine had planned to publish its interview with the author next week, but brought it forward after the stabbing attack.
The magazine described how Mr Rushdie had arrived for the interview with no security at all, appeared relaxed as he said the Iranian fatwa was decades old.
Police detained a suspect named as Hadi Matar, 24, from Fairview, New Jersey, shortly after he ran onto the stage and attacked Mr Rushdie and an…