Salman Rushdie turns off fan and ‘talks and jokes’ a day after brutal knife attack


Author Salman Rushdie was off a ventilator and in good spirits on Saturday, a day after he was stabbed on his way to give a talk in upstate Chautauqua, his agent confirmed.

Rushdie, 75, remained in serious condition but reportedly ‘talked (and joked),’ fellow author Aatish Taseer tweeted.

Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wylie confirmed the update, a day after saying the author was at risk of losing an eye.

The author also suffered from a damaged liver and severed nerves in his arm, the agent said.

Hadi Matar, 24, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault in connection with the shocking public attack on a non-profit education and retirement center.

Prosecutors said Matar planned the assault, obtaining a conference pass from Rushdie with a fake ID.

Rushdie’s alleged attacker, Hadi Matar, 24, center, arrives for arraignment at the Chautauqua County Courthouse in Mayville, NY on August 13, 2022.
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Hadi Matar, left, is escorted off stage as people tend to write Salman Rushdie, center right, at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY on August 12, 2022.
Hadi Matar, left, is escorted off stage as people tend to write Salman Rushdie, center right, at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY on August 12, 2022.
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In 1989, Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering Muslims to kill him after he alleged his novel “The Satanic Verses” mocked religion.

Matar, of Fairview, New Jersey, harbored sympathies toward Iran, law enforcement sources told the Post.

Rushdie has lived in Manhattan for more than two decades and discussed the death order with German magazine Stern just two weeks ago, appearing not to be particularly concerned for his safety.

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Rushdie was in hiding and protected by the British government until 2002.
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“A fatwa like this is a serious matter, fortunately the Internet did not exist at the time. The Iranians had to fax the fatwa to the mosques. It was a long time ago, you know, but now my life is back to relatively normal,” he said.

“I think a lot of people are living today with threats similar to what I experienced back then. And the fax that was used against me is like a bicycle against a Ferrari compared to the internet .

With post wires



New York Post

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