miércoles, 10 de agosto de 2022


Salman Rushdie: Satanic Verses author ‘on ventilator and can’t speak’ after being stabbed in neck

The author was undergoing surgery after being stabbed up to 15 times as he went on to the stage at the event in Chautauqua

Author Sir Salman Rushdie is on a ventilator and unable to speak after being stabbed in the neck as he was about to give a speech in New York, his agent has said.

Police said The Satanic Verses author, 75, was attacked and suffered an apparent stab wound to his neck as he went on to the stage at the event in Chautauqua around 4pm UK time yesterday.

His agent Andrew Wylie told the New York Times that the news was “not good,” and that Mr Rushdie was unable to speak and could lose an eye after suffering serious injuries.

Mr Wylie said: “Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged.”

Following publication of The Satanic Verses in 1988, Mr Rushdie received deaths threats and was forced into hiding for 10 years after a fatwa was placed on him by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Leader of Iran, who claimed the novel was blasphemous and insulted the Prophet Muhammad and The Koran.

New York State Police named the suspect as Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview New Jersey and said there was not yet any indication of a motive for the attack.

Mr Rushdie was stabbed in the neck at least once and in the abdomen at least once before a doctor who was in the audience initially administered medical treatment, the police revealed.

An Associated Press reporter saw the man punch or stab Mr Rushdie 10 to 15 times.

Witnesses said a man wearing a black mask stormed the stage “at lightning speed” then attacking the writer for up to 20 seconds before he fell to the floor at the Chautauqua Institution, a not-for-profit education centre.

New York State Police said an interviewer was also attacked and suffered a minor head injury.

The attacker was then restrained before being arrested, with photos taken at the scene showing blood stains on a screeen and Mr Rushdie being treated onstage.

A small group of people were seen holding up his legs as he received treatment onstage, one witness said.

Mr Rushdie was airlifted to a local hospital by helicopter. His condition was not immediately known.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said that the British author was alive and paid tribute to a police officer who “saved [Rushdie’s] life”.


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