Salman Rushdie has lost the use of one hand and the ability to see out of one eye.
In August, it was found out how badly the author of Satanic Verses was hurt in a “brutal attack” in New York state.
His agent has confirmed that Salman Rushdie has lost sight in one eye and use of one hand because of the attack he got two months ago while getting ready to give a lecture in New York state.
In the 1980s, Iran sent death threats to the 75-year-old author after his book The Satanic Verses came out. On August 12, he was stabbed in the neck and torso as he walked on stage at the Chautauqua Institution to talk about artistic freedom.
Up until now, it wasn’t clear how badly Rushdie was hurt. But in an interview with El Pas, a newspaper in Spain, Andrew Wylie talked about how serious the attack was and how it had changed his life.
Wylie said, “[His wounds] were bad, and he’s also lost the sight in one eye.” “There were three deep cuts in his neck. Because nerves in his arm were cut, he can’t use one hand. And his chest and torso have about 15 more wounds. So, it was a terrible attack.”
The agent wouldn’t say if Rushdie was still in the hospital because he thought it was more important that the writer was going to live.
Wylie also said that he and Rushdie had talked in the past about the possibility of a similar attack. “The main danger he faced so many years after the fatwa was issued was that someone out of the blue would attack him,” he said.
“So, you can’t protect against that, since it’s completely unexpected and doesn’t make sense. It was like the murder of John Lennon.
In another part of the interview, Wylie said that the US and the rest of the world were going through “a very troubled time.” “I think that nationalism is on the rise, along with a kind of fundamentalist right… From Italy to Europe, Latin America, and the United States, where half the people seem to think that Joe Biden stole the election from Donald Trump. And they like this man, who is not only useless, a liar, and a crook, but also a fake. It’s a waste of time.”
When asked how he felt about the fact that Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel Maus had been banned in some US schools, Wylie said, “You know, that’s just the religious right acting like they always do.” It makes no sense. It makes no sense. It’s a disgrace. But now it has a lot of power in the country.”
When he went to court on August 18, the man who is accused of stabbing Rushdie pleaded not guilty to attempted murder in the second degree and assault.
Hadi Matar, who is 24 years old, was charged by a grand jury with one count of second-degree attempted murder and one count of second-degree assault. He was arraigned in Chautauqua county district court after a short hearing.
Rushdie told an interviewer two weeks before the attack that he felt his life was “very normal again” and that he no longer worried about being attacked.