NEW YORK (AP) — Salman Rushdie’s agent says the writer has misplaced sight in a single eye and the usage of a hand as he recovers from an attack from a man who rushed the stage at an August literary occasion in western New York, in keeping with a printed report.
Literary agent Andrew Wylie instructed the Spanish language newspaper El Pais in an article printed Saturday that Rushdie suffered three critical wounds to his neck and 15 extra wounds to his chest and torso in the attack that took away sight in an eye fixed and left a hand incapacitated.
Rushdie, 75, spent years in hiding after Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a 1989 edict, a fatwa, calling for his demise after publication of his novel “The Satanic Verses,” which some Muslims contemplate blasphemous. Over the previous 20 years, Rushdie has traveled freely.
Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, has been incarcerated after pleading not responsible to tried homicide and assault within the Aug. 12 assault on Rushdie as he was being launched on the Chautauqua Establishment, a rurally positioned middle 55 miles (89 kilometers) southwest of Buffalo that’s identified for its summertime lecture sequence.
After the assault, Rushdie was handled at a Pennsylvania hospital, the place he was briefly placed on a ventilator to recuperate from what Wylie instructed El Pais was a “brutal assault” that lower nerves to 1 arm.
Wylie instructed the newspaper he couldn’t say whether or not Rushdie remained in a hospital or focus on his whereabouts.
“He’s going to reside … That’s the vital factor,” Wylie mentioned.
The assault was alongside the strains of what Rushie and his agent have thought was the “principal hazard … a random particular person popping out of nowhere and attacking,” Wylie instructed El Pais.
“So you may’t defend in opposition to it as a result of it’s completely sudden and illogical,” he mentioned.
Wylie instructed the newspaper it was like Beatles member John Lennon’s homicide. Lennon was shot to demise by Mark David Chapman exterior his Manhattan residence constructing Dec. 8, 1980, hours after the singer had signed an autograph for Chapman.
In a jailhouse interview with The New York Put up, Matar mentioned he disliked Rushdie and praised Khomeini. Iran has denied involvement within the assault.