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Salman Rushdie attack: 'A terrible day for literature', says William Dalrymple; Amitav Ghosh, Taslima Nasreen, Khalid Hosseini react

Updated on: 13 August,2022 02:15 PM IST  |  Mumbai
mid-day online correspondent |

A few hours after Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie was attacked at a literary event in New York, several authors from the literary community around the world including Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, William Dalrymple, Taslima Nasreen and Amitav Ghosh have expressed their feelings

Salman Rushdie attack: 'A terrible day for literature', says William Dalrymple; Amitav Ghosh, Taslima Nasreen, Khalid Hosseini react

Salman Rushdie was attacked on stage on August 12 in New York at the Chautauqua Institution during a literary event. Photo: AFP


Renowned Indian-born British author Salman Rushdie was attacked at a literary event held at the Chautauqua Institution in New York early on August 12 morning. Rushdie was immediately airlifted and taken to hospital after he was stabbed on stage and is currently on a ventilator. The ‘Satanic Verses’ author’s agent, Andrew Wiley, in an update said his condition doesn’t look good, and will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed and his liver was stabbed and damaged during the attack, according to a New York Times report. The suspect who attacked Rushdie has been identified as 24-year-old Hadi Matar, by the New York State Police. 
 
In his career, Rushdie is known to have written 14 books including the 1981 Booker Prize-winning book, Midnight’s Children (1981) and Satanic Verses (1988). However, it was the latter that made him the target of a fatwa in Iran, where the book is banned, for hurting religious feelings, and even face death threats, which forced him to go into hiding. More than 33 years later, the attack on the author has surprised many.  

While he is still under treatment, the attack has shocked many from the literary community around the world. After the attack, authors Amitav Ghosh, Taslima Nasreen, Stephen King, William Dalrymple, Khaled Hosseini, Neil Gaiman, JK Rowling, and The Booker Prize have taken to Twitter to express their feelings. While Ghosh and Nasreen expressed their shock, William Dalrymple said, "A terrible day for literature, for freedom of speech and for authors everywhere", and Hosseini condemned the attack by calling it "cowardly".  






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