Wednesday, October 5

Salman Rushdie can now speak and breathe on his own, according to his agent

The writer Salman Rushdie has been disconnected from the artificial respirator to which he had been connected after being stabbed at an event in New York. As confirmed by his agent, Rushdie has already been able to speak this Saturday.

The British novelist of Indian origin remains hospitalized with serious injuries. Writer and journalist Aatish Taseer tweeted Saturday that Rushdie was “off a ventilator and talking (and joking).” Information that was confirmed by his agent, Andrew Wylie, who has not offered more details about Rushdie’s prognosis.

US President Joe Biden has praised the writer for “his refusal to be intimidated or silenced” and has assured that he represents the essential ideals of truth, courage and resistance. “These are the pillars of any free and open society. And, today, we reaffirm our commitment to these deeply American values ​​in solidarity with Rushdie and all those who defend free speech.” it’s a statement.

The High Representative for Foreign Policy of the European Union, Josep Borrell, has also “strongly” condemned the attack on Rushdie. “International rejection of this type of criminal action, which violates fundamental rights and freedoms, is the only path to a better and more peaceful world,” he tweeted.

Rushdie, 75, had attended an event in Chautauqua, a town in western New York state, to speak about the importance of the United States giving asylum to exiled writers. During his speech, a man came up on stage and began beating and stabbing the writer.

The author’s agent told The New York Times that Rushdie would “probably” lose an eye and that he had been stabbed in the liver. “There is no good news – he assured then – Salman will probably lose an eye and has severed nerves in one arm, and his liver was also stabbed and is damaged.”

Authorities in New York have charged Hadi Matar, the alleged perpetrator of the stabbing, with attempted murder and assault on Saturday. The 24-year-old was born in the US to parents who emigrated from Yaroun, in southern Lebanon, the town’s mayor, Ali Tehfe, told the Associated Press. Matar lived in the state of New Jersey and remains in custody without bail. The police say that the motives that led him to stab Rushdie are still unknown.

Flags of the Iranian-backed Shiite group Hezbollah are visible throughout the town, along with portraits of leader Hassan Nasrallah, Khamenei, Khomeini and assassinated Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Journalists who have visited Yaroun since Saturday have been asked to leave. Hezbollah spokesmen have not responded to requests for comment.

Iran’s theocratic government and its state media have not detailed the attacker’s motives. In Tehran, some Iranians have praised the attack on a perpetrator they say tarnished the Islamic faith, while others worry that what happened with Rushdie will further isolate the country.

Rushdie had lived in hiding and under police protection for years after the late Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa in 1989 calling for his death as punishment for publishing the satanic verses.

News of the stabbing has sparked renewed interest in the satanic verses, which topped the bestseller lists after the fatwa was published. On Saturday afternoon, the novel was ranked 13th on Amazon.