Report: Salman Rushdie lives, but loses use of eye and hand



Salman Rushdie’s agent says the creator has misplaced sight in a single eye and the use of a hand as he recovers from an assault from a person who rushed the stage at an August literary occasion in western New York, in response to a printed report.

Literary agent Andrew Wylie instructed the Spanish language newspaper El Pais in an article revealed Saturday that Rushdie suffered three critical wounds to his neck and 15 extra wounds to his chest and torso within the assault that took away sight in an eye and left a hand incapacitated.

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

Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, has been incarcerated after pleading not responsible to tried assassination and assault within the Aug. 12 assault on Rushdie as he was being launched on the Chautauqua Institution, a rurally positioned heart 55 miles (89 kilometres) 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 well from what Wylie instructed El Pais was a “brutal assault” that reduce nerves to 1 arm.

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

“He’s going to dwell … That’s the essential factor,” Wylie mentioned.

The assault was alongside the strains of what Rushie and his agent have thought was the “principal hazard … a random particular person popping out of nowhere and attacking,” Wylie instructed El Pais.

“So you may’t defend towards it as a result of it’s very sudden and illogical,” he mentioned.

Wylie instructed the newspaper it was like Beatles member John Lennon’s assassination. Lennon was shot to dying by Mark David Chapman exterior his Manhattan condominium constructing Dec. 8, 1980, hours after the singer had signed an autograph for Chapman.

In a jailhouse interview with The New York Post, Matar mentioned he disliked Rushdie and praised Khomeini. Iran has denied involvement within the assault.


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