Salman Rushdie attacked in Chautauqua, New York at a public event

Salman Rushdie attacked in Chautauqua, New York at a public event

by Alice Scaglioni

The Indian writer and essayist, a naturalized British citizen, was stabbed to death on stage before he intervened

Salman Rushdie was stabbed to death in Chautauqua, New York before speaking at a public event. Ap reports it and some photos and videos are circulating on Twitter.

Also present at the event was an Associated Press reporter who said he saw a man take the stage at the Chautauqua Institution and begin to punch or stab Rushdie (there are conflicting reconstructions) as he was being introduced. According to those present, the perpetrator then fell to the ground while the man who attacked him was arrested.

The Indian writer and essayist, a naturalized British citizen, received death threats from Iran in the 1980s because of his writings. For years he had given up escorting.

His book The Satanic Verses has been banned in Iran since 1988 because many Muslims consider it blasphemous. The novel is a fantastic story but clearly alludes to the character of Mohammed.

A year after the book was published, the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for his death. Iran has also offered a reward of over $3 million for anyone who kills Rushdie. For years he had dispensed with the escort: the writer had not placed any weight on the threats, believing that no one was interested in the reward.

Rushdie, 75, is releasing a new book on February 9, 2023. The title Victory City (Penguin). His most recent novel Quichotte (Mondadori) was published in 2020. In 1981 he won the Booker Prize for Midnight’s Children.

Article is updated…

August 12, 2022 (change August 12, 2022 | 17:58)