The author of “The Satanic Verses” was stabbed in the neck during an event this Friday (12)
Anglo-Indian writer Salman Rushdie, 75, was stabbed on stage at an event in New York, United States. It is still unclear whether the action was linked to the fatwa (a religious edict) issued against him in 1989, when Ayatollah Khomeini, then leader of Iran, sentenced him to death for a novel accused of ridiculing the Koran and Muhammad. . The satanic verses. With the fatwa, it would be the obligation of Muslims to kill him by seeing him in public.
This Friday (8/12), a white man, with shaved hair and wearing camouflage clothing under a black coat, invaded the amphitheater stage of the Chautauqua Institution education center, where Rushdie was being interviewed, and started attacking him. . The writer fell to the ground and the man was restrained.
Endocrinologist Rita Landman, who was in the audience, rushed to the stage to provide first aid. She told the New York Times that Rushdie had multiple stab wounds, including one on the right side of her neck, and that there was a pool of blood under her body. He was rushed to hospital and there is no information on his current state of health.
The book The satanic verses The performance of Rushdie has been banned in Iran since 1988. Many Muslims consider the story blasphemous. After Khomeini’s fatwa, a reward of over $ 3 million was also offered to whoever killed the writer. As a result, Rushdie spent nearly ten years under police protection and living in hiding.
He has lived in the United States since 2000 and, over time, has begun to ease his fear of death, also participating in films, series and even clips – such as The ground beneath his feetof the band U2.
Rushdie appeared as himself in the popular comedy Bridget Jones’s diary (2001) and in musical satire The Rutles 2: I can’t buy myself lunch (2004), played a Doctor of when I fall in love (2007) and narrated the adaptation of his book Midnight childrenand, on the partition of India and Pakistan, released in theaters in 2012 under the direction of Deepa Mehta.
More recently, he was the subject and host of the series Hold back your enthusiasmthat throughout its ninth season, which aired in 2017, satirized the fatwa against the writer.