Writer Salman Rushdie, who was assassinated in New York State on August 12, is on a ventilator informs Reuters, citing his agent Andrew Wylie.
“Salman is likely to lose an eye; the nerves in his arm have been severed; his liver has been stabbed,” Wylie said.
Attack on 75-year-old British writer of Indian origin Salman Rushdie happened at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. Rushdie was about to give a lecture there when a man jumped onto the center stage and hit Rushdie 10-15 times.
The attacker was arrested. It turned out to be 24-year-old New Jersey resident Hadi Matar. His motives have not yet been established.
A $3.3 million reward has been placed on Rushdie’s life, and former Iranian spiritual leader Rukhola Khomeini has issued a fatwa calling for the writer’s assassination. The reason for this was the book “Satanic Verses”, which some Muslim theologians considered blasphemous.
Salman Rushdie was born in India in 1947. At the age of 14, he went to study in the UK, and in 1964 received British citizenship. He is the winner of the Booker Prize for the novel “Children of Midnight”, the Costa Literary Prize, Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters.
In 2007, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain awarded Rushdie a knighthood for services to literature. In his books, Rushdie raises questions about the existence of Islam in the modern world, the self-identification of Muslims and emigrants. Rushdie has been living in the USA since 2000.