Salman Rushdie has lost sight in one eye and use of one hand after stabbing, agent says


Salman Rushdie lost sight in one eye and the use of one hand following an assault on stage at a literary occasion in western New York in August, his agent stated.

Andrew Wylie, who represents literary giants equivalent to Saul Bellow and Roberto Bolano, described the extent of the accidents Rushdie suffered in the “brutal” assault in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais.

Wylie described the creator’s wounds as “profound,” and famous the loss of sight of one eye.

“He had three critical wounds in his neck. One hand is incapacitated as a result of the nerves in his arm had been lower. And he has about 15 extra wounds in his chest and torso.”

The agent declined to say whether or not The Satanic Verses creator, 75, was nonetheless in hospital greater than two months after police stated a 24-year-old New Jersey man stabbed the author in the neck and torso simply earlier than Rushdie was to provide a lecture at Chautauqua Institution, a retreat about 19 kilometres from Lake Erie.

In this nonetheless picture from video, Rushdie is taken on a stretcher to a helicopter for transport to hospital after the assault in Chautauqua, N.Y., on Aug. 12. His agent not too long ago declined to say if the 75-year-old stays in hospital. (The Associated Press)

The novelist was rushed to the hospital after sustaining extreme accidents in the assault, together with nerve injury in his arm, wounds to his liver, and the seemingly loss of an eye, Wylie stated on the time.

The assault got here 33 years after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Iran’s supreme chief, issued a fatwa, or non secular edict, calling on Muslims to assassinate Rushdie a couple of months after The Satanic Verses was printed. Some Muslims noticed passages in the novel in regards to the Prophet Muhammad as blasphemous.

Hadi Matar, the person accused of attacking the novelist, has pleaded not responsible to second-degree tried assassination and assault costs. He is being held with out bail in a western New York jail. 

Rushdie, who was born in India to a Muslim Kashmiri household, has lived with a bounty on his head, and spent 9 years in hiding below British police safety.

A man in a COVID-19 mask and a prison-issued shirt listens in a court session.
Hadi Matar is charged with Rushdie’s tried assassination and assault. He is proven at a courtroom listening to on Aug. 13 in the Chautauqua County Courthouse in Mayville, N.Y. (Gene J. Puskar/The Associated Press)

While Iran’s pro-reform authorities of President Mohammad Khatami distanced itself from the fatwa in the late Nineteen Nineties, the multimillion-dollar bounty hanging over Rushdie’s head stored rising and the fatwa was by no means lifted.

Khomeini’s successor, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was suspended from Twitter in 2019 for saying the fatwa in opposition to Rushdie was “irrevocable.”


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