NEW YORK (AP) — A representative for Salmon Rushdie said the author lost the use of one eye and hand while recovering from an attack by a man who rushed to the stage at a literary event in western New York in August. A published report.
Literary agent Andrew Wylie told the Spanish-language newspaper El Pais, published on Saturday, that Rushdie suffered three serious injuries to his neck in the attack, 15 more to his chest and torso, and lost an eye. said that his hands had stopped moving.
Rushdie, 75, went into hiding for years after Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in 1989. After the publication of his novel The Devil’s Verse, he demanded his death. For the past 20 years, Rushdie has traveled freely.
Hadi Mathar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, is a 55-mile (89-kilometer) rural center after pleading not guilty to attempted murder and assault charges in the Aug. 12 attack on Rushdie. Imprisoned after being introduced to the Chautauqua Institution. ) southwest of Buffalo, known for its summer lecture series.
After the attack, Rushdie was treated at a Pennsylvania hospital and put on a temporary ventilator to recover from what Wiley told El Pais was a “brutal attack” that cut a nerve in one arm. was fitted.
Wiley told the newspaper that he could not discuss whether Rushdie remained in the hospital or his whereabouts.
“He lives on…that’s what matters,” Wiley said.
Wiley told El Pais that the attack was along the lines of what Lucy and his agents had in mind: “a major danger…random people appearing out of nowhere and attacking.”
“Completely unexpected and illogical, it cannot be defended,” he said.
Wiley told the newspaper it appeared to be the murder of Beatles member John Lennon, who was shot dead outside his Manhattan apartment on December 8, 1980 by Mark David Chapman.
In a jail interview with The New York Post, Matar said he disliked Rushdie and admired Khomeini. Iran has denied any involvement in the attack.
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