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Salman Rushdie now able to talk

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Published: 12:44, 14 August 2022   Update: 12:53, 14 August 2022
Salman Rushdie now able to talk

Author Salman Rushdie

Author Salman Rushdie can now talk after his ventilator was taken off.

Mr Rushdie, 75, was stabbed while speaking at an event in New York state yesterday and was in a critical condition.

His agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed the news to US media, but had previously said the author may lose an eye.

Mr Rushdie has received death threats for years for his novel The Satanic Verses, which some Muslims see as blasphemous.

The man charged over the attack pleaded not guilty to attempted murder on Saturday, and has been remanded in custody without bail.

Hadi Matar, 24, is accused of running onto the stage and stabbing Mr Rushdie at least 10 times in the face, neck and abdomen. Following the attack, Mr Wylie said Mr Rushdie had suffered severed nerves in one arm, damage to his liver, and would likely lose an eye.

Before the attack, Mr Rushdie was about to give a speech about how the US has served as a haven for such writers.

The novelist was forced into hiding for nearly 10 years after The Satanic Verses was published in 1988. Many Muslims reacted with fury to it, arguing that the portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad was a grave insult to their faith.

He faced death threats and the then-Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa - or decree - calling for Mr Rushdie’s assassination, placing a $3m bounty on the author’s head.

Mr Rushdie was born in Bombay, India in 1947. He was sent to boarding school in England before going on to study history at the University of Cambridge. In 2007, he was knighted for services to literature._BBC