The agent says Salman Rushdie suffered “deep” injuries in an attack in August and lost the sight in one eye and the use of one hand.
Salman Rushdie lost the sight in one eye and the use of one hand following an onstage attack at a literary event in western New York in August, his agent has said.
Andrew Wylie told Spanish-language newspaper El Pais in an article published on Saturday that Rushdie, who is 75, suffered a “brutal” attack which left him with “deep” injuries.
“He lost sight in one eye… He had three serious neck injuries. A hand is incapacitated because the nerves in its arm have been severed. And he has about 15 other chest and torso injuries,” Wylie said.
The agent told the newspaper he could not say whether Rushdie remained in the hospital or discuss his whereabouts.
“He’s going to live… That’s the important thing,” Wylie said.
Rushdie, who had received several death threats after the publication of his Satanic Verses, was attacked as he prepared to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution in New York State on August 12.
The novelist was rushed to hospital after sustaining serious injuries in the attack, including nerve damage to his arm, liver damage and the likely loss of an eye, his agent told Reuters. ‘era.
The attack came 33 years after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or religious edict, calling on Muslims to assassinate Rushdie for publishing the Satanic Verses.
Some Muslims have seen passages in the novel about the Prophet Muhammad as blasphemous.
Following Khomeini’s fatwa, Rushdie, born in India to a Kashmiri Muslim family, spent nine years in hiding under the protection of British police.
As President Mohammad Khatami’s pro-reform Iranian government drifted away from the fatwa in the late 1990s, the multi-million dollar bounty hanging over Rushdie’s head grew steadily and the fatwa n was never lifted.
Khomeini’s successor, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was suspended from Twitter in 2019 for saying the fatwa against Rushdie was “irrevocable”.
Iran has denied any involvement in the August attack.
The man accused of stabbing the novelist, Hadi Matar, 24, has pleaded not guilty to attempted second degree murder and assault.
He is being held without bond in a jail in western New York.
The attack was in the direction of what Rushdie and his agent thought was the “main danger…a random person coming out of nowhere and attacking,” Wylie told El Pais.
“So you can’t protect against that because it’s totally unexpected and illogical,” he said.