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NEW YORK – Salman Rushdie’s agent says the author lost his sight in one of his eyes and used his hand while recovering from attack of a man who rushed onto stage at a literary event in August in western New York, according to a published report.
Literary agent Andrew Wylie told the Spanish-language newspaper El Pais in an article And the newspaper published, Saturday, that Rushdie sustained three serious injuries to his neck and 15 other injuries to his chest and torso. in the attack Robbed of sight in the eye and left his hand helpless.
Rushdie, 75, spent years in hiding after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in 1989 calling for his death after his novel was published. Satanic VersesWhich some Muslims consider blasphemous. For the past two decades, Rushdie has traveled freely.
Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, was imprisoned after pleading not guilty to attempted murder and assault in the August 12 attack on Rushdie while presenting to the Chautacoa Institute, a center located in a rural area 55 miles (89 kilometers) away. Southwest Buffalo is known for its Summer Lecture Series.
After the attack, Rushdie was treated at a Pennsylvania hospital, where he was briefly placed on a ventilator to recover from what Wylie had said. El Pais It was a “brutal attack” that cut the nerves of one arm.
Willey told the newspaper he could not determine whether Rushdie remained in the hospital or discuss his whereabouts.
He’ll live…that’s the important thing,” said Willy.
Wylie said the attack was along the lines of what Roshi and his agent believed to be “the main danger…a random person coming out of nowhere and attacking.” El Pais.
“So you can’t protect against it because it’s totally unexpected and illogical,” he said.
Willie told the newspaper it was like the murder of Beatle John Lennon. Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside his Manhattan apartment building on December 8, 1980, hours after the singer signed Chapman’s autograph.
in prison interview with the New York PostMatar said he hated Rushdie and praised Khomeini. Iran has denied involvement in the attack.
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