Salman Rushdie unable to see from one eye or use one hand after assault, agent says

Judge denies bail for Salman Rushdie stabbing suspect

Judge denies bail for Salman Rushdie stabbing suspect


Salman Rushdie’s agent says the creator has lost sight in one eye and the use of a hand as he recovers from an assault by a person who rushed the stage at one of the creator’s August literary occasions in western New York, in accordance to a broadcast report.

Literary agent Andrew Wylie informed the Spanish language newspaper El País in an article revealed Saturday that Rushdie suffered three critical wounds to his neck and 15 extra to his chest and torso within the assault, which left him unable to see from one eye and unable to use one hand.

Rushdie, 75, spent years in hiding after Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a 1989 edict, a fatwa, calling for his loss of life after the publication of his novel “The Satanic Verses.” Some Muslims contemplate the ebook blasphemous. Over the previous twenty years, Rushdie has traveled freely.

Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, has been incarcerated and held with out bail after pleading not responsible to tried homicide and assault within the Aug. 12 assault on Rushdie. It occurred because the creator was being launched on the Chautauqua Institution, a nonprofit training middle 55 miles southwest of Buffalo that’s recognized for its summertime lecture collection.

After the assault, Rushdie was handled at a Pennsylvania hospital, the place he was briefly placed on a ventilator to get better from what Wylie informed El País was a “brutal attack” that lower nerves to one arm.

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie attends the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on Nov. 15, 2017, in New York.

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Wylie informed the newspaper that he couldn’t say whether or not Rushdie remained in a hospital or talk about his whereabouts.

“He’s going to live … That’s the important thing,” Wylie mentioned. The agent informed El País that the surprising nature of the August incident was one thing that he and Rushdie had talked about earlier than.

“I think the attack was probably something that Salman and I have discussed in the past, which was that the principal danger that he faced so many years after the fatwa was imposed is from a random person coming out of nowhere and attacking [him],” he mentioned. “So, you can’t protect against that because it’s totally unexpected and illogical.”

Wylie likened the circumstances of Rushdie’s assault to the homicide of Beatles member John Lennon in 1980. Lennon was fatally shot by Mark David Chapman exterior of his Manhattan condominium constructing on Dec. 8 of that year, hours after the performer had signed an autograph for Chapman.

In a video interview with the New York Post from the Chautauqua County Jail later in August, Matar mentioned he disliked Rushdie and was “surprised” that he survived the assault, and praised Khomeini. 

Iran has denied involvement within the assault in addition to any connection to Matar.

“In this attack, we do not consider anyone other than Salman Rushdie and his supporters worthy of blame and even condemnation,” mentioned overseas ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani at a information convention in Tehran. “By insulting the sacred matters of Islam and crossing the red lines of more than 1.5 billion Muslims and all followers of the divine religions, Salman Rushdie has exposed himself to the anger and rage of the people.”

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