Salman Rushdie unable to see with one eye or use one hand after attack, officer says

Judge denies bail for Salman Rushdie stabbing suspect

Judge denies bail for Salman Rushdie stabbing suspect


Salman Rushdie’s agent says author has lost sight in one eye and use of one hand as he recovers from an attack by a man who rushed to the stage at one of the author’s August literary events in western New York, according to a published report.

Literary agent Andrew Wylie told Spanish-language newspaper El País in an article published on Saturday that Rushdie suffered three serious injuries to his neck and 15 others to his chest and torso in the attack, which prevented him to see with one eye and unable to use one hand.

Rushdie, 75, spent years in hiding after Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued an edict in 1989, a fatwa, calling for his death following the publication of his novel “The Satanic Verses”. Some Muslims regard the book as blasphemous. For the past two decades, Rushdie has traveled freely.

Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, was incarcerated and held without bail after pleading not guilty for attempted murder and assault in the August 12 attack on Rushdie. It happened as the author was introduced to the Chautauqua Institution, a nonprofit education center 55 miles southwest of Buffalo known for its summer lecture series.

After the attack, Rushdie was treated at a Pennsylvania hospital, where he was briefly put on a ventilator to recover from what Wylie told El País was a “brutal attack” that severed the nerves in an arm. .

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

Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, Dossier

Wylie told the newspaper he could not say if Rushdie remained in the hospital or discuss his whereabouts.

“He’s going to live… That’s the important thing,” Wylie said. The agent told El País that the unexpected nature of the August incident was something he and Rushdie had discussed before.

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

Wylie compared the circumstances of Rushdie’s assault to the murder of Beatles member John Lennon in 1980. Lennon was shot dead by Mark David Chapman outside his apartment building in Manhattan on December 8 of that year, hours after that the artist signed an autograph for Chapman. .

In a video interview with the New York Post from Chautauqua County Jail later in August, Matar said he didn’t like Rushdie and was “surprised” he survived the attack. and praised Khomeini.

Iran has denied involvement in the attack as well as any connection to Matar.

“In this attack, we do not consider anyone but Salman Rushdie and his followers worthy of blame and even condemnation,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani told a press conference in Tehran. “By insulting the sacred matters of Islam and crossing the red lines of over 1.5 billion Muslims and all followers of divine religions, Salman Rushdie has exposed himself to the wrath and rage of the people. “


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