Salman Rushdie can’t see with one eye or use one hand after attack, says agent

Salman Rushdie’s agent says writer has lost sight in one eye and used one hand while recovering attack According to a published report, by a man who arrived on stage at one of the author’s August literary events in western New York.

Literary agent Andrew Wyllie told Spanish-language newspaper El País in an article published Saturday that the attack left Rushdie with three serious wounds to his neck and 15 more serious wounds to his chest and torso, rendering him unable to see with one eye. were and were unable to use. A hand.

Rushdie, 75, spent years in hiding after Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in 1989 calling for his death after the publication of his novel “The Satanic Verses”. Some Muslims consider this book to be blasphemy. Rushdie has traveled independently over the past two decades.

Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey has been imprisoned and held without bail after plea not guilty For murder and attempted assault in the August 12 attack on Rushdie. This happened when the author was being introduced to the Chautauqua Institution, a non-profit education center 55 miles southwest of Buffalo known for its summer lecture series.

After the attack, Rushdie was treated at a hospital in Pennsylvania, where he was briefly placed on a ventilator, in what Wylie described to El Pais as a “brutal attack” that severed a vein in an arm. was.

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

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Wyllie told the newspaper that he could not say whether Rushdie remained in the hospital or discussed his whereabouts.

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

“I think the attack was probably something that Salman and I had discussed in the past, which was the major threat I faced for so many years after the fatwa was imposed was a random person coming out of nowhere and to attack [him],” he said. “So, you cannot defend against it because it is completely unpredictable and illogical.”

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

Later in August in a video interview with the New York Post from the Chautauqua County Jail, Pea said he disliked Rushdie and was “surprised” that he survived the attack, and praised Khomeini.

Iran has refused to participate In attack as well as in any relation to peas.

“In this attack, we do not consider anyone other than Salman Rushdie and his supporters to be worthy of blame and even condemnation,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani told a news conference in Tehran. “By insulting the sacred affairs of Islam and crossing the red lines of more than 1.5 billion Muslims and all adherents of divine religions, Salman Rushdie has exposed the wrath and wrath of the people.”

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