Salman Rushdie’s agent reveals extent of author’s injuries after ‘brutal’ attack

Salman Rushdie lost sight in one eye and lost use of one arm after being attacked on stage during a literary event in western New York in August, according to his agent.
Andrew Wylie, representing such literary giants as Saul Bellow and Roberto Bolano, described the extent of Rushdie’s injuries. in an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

Mr. Wiley described the author’s wounds as “deep” and noted loss of vision in one eye.

Salman Rushdie attack

In this still from a video by author Salman Rushdie, being carried on a stretcher to a helicopter for transport to a hospital on Friday, August 12, 2022. Source: AARP / AP

“He had three serious wounds in his neck. One arm is incapacitated because the nerves in his arm were severed. And he has about 15 more wounds in his chest and torso,” he said.

The agent declined to say whether the 75-year-old “Satanic Verses” writer was in the hospital for more than two months after police said a 24-year-old New Jersey man stabbed the writer in the neck and torso shortly before Mr. Mr. Rushdie was supposed to give a lecture. at Chautauqua Institution, a retreat about 19 kilometers from Lake Erie.
The writer was taken to the hospital after suffering serious injuries during the attack, including nerve damage in his arm, a wound to his liver and the likely loss of an eye, Wylie said at the time.

The attack comes 33 years after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Iran’s supreme leader, issued a fatwa, or religious edict, calling on Muslims to kill Rushdie months after The Satanic Verses were published. Some Muslims considered passages from the novel about the prophet Muhammad blasphemous.

Born in India to a Muslim Kashmiri family, Mr Rushdie lived with a bounty on his head and spent nine years in hiding under the protection of the UK police.
While the reformist Iranian government of President Mohammad Khatami distanced itself from the fatwa in the late 1990s, the multi-million dollar bounty looming over Rushdie’s head continued to rise, and the fatwa was never lifted.
Mr Khomeini’s successor, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was suspended from Twitter in 2019 for calling a fatwa against Rushdie “irrevocable.”

The man accused of assaulting the writer pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree attempted murder and assault. He is being held without bail at New York’s Western Prison.