Salman Rushdie lost one eye and a hand in a ‘brutal’ knife attack in New York

According to his agency, Salman Rushdie has lost vision in one eye and mobility in one hand after being violently attacked during a speech in New York.

On August 12, the 75-year-old, best known for his work The Satanic Verses, which triggered a fatwa calling for his death from the supreme leader of Iran, was repeatedly stabbed as he prepared to deliver a speech on artistic freedom at the Chautauqua Institute.

Mr. Rushdie was forced to undergo emergency surgery after incurring stab wounds to the neck and stomach, puncture wounds to his right eye and chest, and a laceration to his right leg.

At the time, it was unknown whether Mr. Rushdie would survive the attack, and his alleged attacker, 24-year-old Hadi Matar, revealed in a jailhouse interview that he was “surprised” the author had survived.

Mr. Rushdie’s attorney, Andrew Wylie, exposes for the first time in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pas the severity of Mr. Rushdie’s injuries.

‘His wounds were deep. One eye was blind for him. Mr. Wylie alleged that he had three significant neck injuries and lost mobility in one hand owing to damaged nerves resulting from the stab wounds.

In addition, he had fifteen chest and torso injuries. Therefore, it was a horrific attack.

The agent declined to comment on whether his client was still hospitalized, but added, “Rushdie will survive.”

Mr. Wylie claimed that he and Mr. Rushdie had discussed the possibility of an assassination attempt in the past.

“The greatest threat he faced so many years after the fatwa was released was a random someone attacking him,” he said.

As it is entirely unexpected and irrational, you cannot defend against it. It was akin to the murder of John Lennon.

Mr. Rushdie declared in an interview just days before he was assassinated that his life had returned to “normal” after years of secrecy and death threats.

In an interview with the German magazine Stern conducted at the beginning of August, Mr. Rushdie indicated that death threats had become “more common” but that the fatwa no longer frightens him.

He stated, “A fatwa is serious business.” Thankfully, there was no Internet back then. The Iranians transmitted the fatwa to the mosques by fax.

That occurred an extremely long time ago. My life is back to normal today.”

The individual accused of stabbing Mr. Rushdie pled not guilty to second-degree attempted murder and assault charges when he appeared in court on August 18.

Hadi Matar, age 24, appeared in court wearing a grey-striped jumpsuit and a white COVID-19 mask, as District Attorney Jason Schmidt stated, ‘His intent to murder Mr. Rushdie is greater than his personal freedom.’

Mr. Schmidt argued that Matar should be imprisoned for the duration of the attack trial, and he was ordered to have no contact with Mr. Rushdie.

Additionally, he agreed to his defense attorney’s request for a temporary gag order banning the parties from speaking with the media about the case.

In his interview with El Pas, Mr. Wylie also addressed the “development of nationalism” and the banning of Maus, the Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel by another of his authors, Art Spiegelman, in some American schools.

Mr. Wylie stated, “Typically, the religious right is behaving in this manner. This is ridiculous. It is laughable. It is deplorable. Nevertheless, it is currently a key power in the nation.’

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