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Salman Rushdie attacked in the United States. The attacker got on the scene

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Little is known about the incident itself. The Associated Press agency reports that Salman Rushdie, who lives in the United States, was to deliver a lecture at an educational center in western New York State.

“At around 11:00 a man ran onto the scene and attacked Rushdie and the interviewer. Rushdie suffered a visible stab wound to his neck and was transported by helicopter to the District Hospital. His condition is not known yet. The interviewer sustained a slight head injury. took the suspect into custody, “the state police said.

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The Gazeta.pl portal tried to obtain detailed information from the Chautauqua Institution about the incident. We were directed to the press office, but the phone was not answered there. We also did not manage to contact Jordan Steves by phone, who is responsible for contacts with the media in the institution.

We were also refused information from the New York literary agency serving Salman Rushdie, where we were only asked to leave a telephone number.

Salman Rushdie under attack. “His Voice Will Not Be Silenced”

Suzanne Nossel, head of PEN America (in the past, Rushdie was the boss), said in a statement Friday that there had been a “brutal, planned attack”.

“Just hours before the attack, on Friday morning, Salman emailed me to help find a place for Ukrainian writers in need of a safe haven,” wrote Nossel. She emphasized that the writer has been helping those who are “defenseless and threatened” for years.

At the same time, the head of PEN America emphasized that the motive of the attack was unknown. She also noted that Rushdie’s voice “cannot and will not be silenced.”

United States. Salman Rushdie under attack

The most famous book by Salman Rushdie is “Satanic Verses” from 1988, considered by many Muslims to be blasphemous. The book was banned in Iran in the late 1980s. The then leader of Iran, Ruhollah Khomeini, offered $ 3 million for the writer’s death. It is not known if Friday’s attack has anything to do with “The Satanic Verses”.

Salman Rushdie turned 75 in June. In addition to “Satanic Verses”, he is the author of books such as “Grimus”, “Children of the North” (for this novel he was awarded the Booker Prize), “Shame”, “Fury”, “The Sorceress of Florence”.

Winner of many awards and distinctions, incl. in Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, India, Austria and the United States. He currently teaches at New York University. His books have so far been translated into over 40 languages.


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Source: Gazeta

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