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Salman Rushdie’s condition remains serious two days after he was stabbed at a conference in upstate New York, but his agent confirms ‘The Satanic Verses’ author is ‘on the road to recovery’. The healing”.
“Rushdie’s condition is moving in the right direction,” 75-year-old agent Wylie told The Associated Press on Sunday, a day after it was announced the perpetrator had been removed from a fan and able to talk and joke.
Wylie said Rushdie’s recovery would be a long process after previously saying the author suffered from a damaged liver and severed nerves in an arm and eye, which Rushdie was in danger of losing.
An Associated Press reporter at the upstate New York event saw the assailant stab or punch Rushdie about 10 or 15 times.
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Rushdie’s son, Zafar Rushdie, said in a statement on behalf of the family on Sunday that his father remains in critical condition.
“While his life-changing injuries are severe, his usual fiery and defiant sense of humor remains intact,” the younger Rushdie said.
The statement also expressed gratitude for the “members of the public who bravely stood up for him”, as well as the police, doctors and “the outpouring of love and support from around the world”.
Hadi Matar, 24, pleaded not guilty on Saturday to attempted murder and assault in the attack on the Chautauqua Institution, a nonprofit education and retreat center.
A judge ordered him held without bond after District Attorney Jason Schmidt told him Matar had taken steps to deliberately put himself in a position to harm Rushdie, getting an early pass for the event where the perpetrator was talking and arriving a day early with a fake ID.
The award-winning author faced death threats for ‘The Satanic Verses’ for more than 30 years after it was published in 1988, with many Muslims considering a dream sequence based on the life of the Prophet Muhammad, among other things, blasphemous objections.
The attack prompted social media users, including several members of Congress, to criticize the Biden administration’s pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran given the country’s past support for a fatwa against Rushdie’s life. .
“Iran has offered a bounty to anyone who assassinates Salman Rushdie,” Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio said. tweeted friday. “Today he was stabbed in America. Why is Biden still negotiating a ‘deal’ with these terrorists in Tehran?”
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President Biden said in a statement on Saturday that he and first lady Jill Biden were “shocked and saddened” by the attack.
“Salman Rushdie – with his insight into humanity, with his unparalleled sense of history, with his refusal to be bullied or silenced – represents essential and universal ideals,” the statement read. “Truth. Courage. Resilience. The ability to share ideas without fear. These are the building blocks of any free and open society.”
Andrew Mark Miller of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.