Author Salman Rushdie has misplaced sight in a single eye and hand is “incapacitated” following August stabbing assault, agent says


Author Salman Rushdie has misplaced his sight in a single eye and certainly one of his fingers is “incapacitated” following a stabbing assault in August, in keeping with an interview given by his agent to a Spanish newspaper.

Rushdie, 75, underwent emergency surgical procedure after he was stabbed a number of occasions earlier than his scheduled lecture on the Chautauqua Establishment in New York on August 12.

Employees members and friends then rushed onto the stage and held down the suspect, recognized as 24-year-old Hadi Matar, of Fairview, New Jersey, earlier than a state trooper assigned to the occasion took him into custody, in keeping with New York State Police.

Matar has pleaded not responsible to tried homicide within the second diploma, and second-degree assault, over the assault.

Chatting with El País, literary agent Andrew Wylie mentioned, “[His wounds] were profound, but he’s [also] lost the sight of one eye … He had three serious wounds in his neck. One hand is incapacitated because the nerves in his arm were cut. And he has about 15 more wounds in his chest and torso. So, it was a brutal attack.”

Wylie declined to inform the newspaper if Rushdie was nonetheless hospitalized and didn’t specify when he had final been up to date on Rushdie’s situation, in keeping with an English language write-up of the interview. He mentioned a very powerful factor was the author was going to dwell.

Wylie additionally advised El País he and Rushdie had talked about the potential for such an assault prior to now. “The principal danger that he faced so many years after the fatwa was imposed is from a random person coming out of nowhere and attacking [him],” he mentioned. “So, you can’t protect against that because it’s totally unexpected and illogical. It was like John Lennon’s murder.”

El Pais mentioned the interview was carried out from a resort suite Wednesday night, in the course of the Frankfurt e-book honest.

CNN has contacted Wylie however didn’t obtain a right away response.