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Rushdie on Being Attacked: 'I'm Not Good With Fear'

But in AP interview nearly 2 years after stabbing, author says he feels he has 'a little iron in the soul'

(Newser) - Nearly two years after the knife attack that nearly killed him, Salman Rushdie appears both changed and very much the same. Interviewed this week at the Manhattan offices of his longtime publisher, Random House, Rushdie is thinner, paler, scarred, and blind in his right eye. He speaks of "iron"...

Rushdie Makes Surprise Appearance to Collect Award

Honor was kept under wraps until minutes before the author accepted it

(Newser) - The latest honor for Salman Rushdie was a prize kept secret until minutes before he rose from his seat to accept it. On Tuesday night, the author received the first-ever Lifetime Disturbing the Peace Award, presented by the Vaclav Havel Center on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Only a handful...

Salman Rushdie Speaks of 'Terror' in Return to Public Life

Author accepts courage award at PEN America's annual gala

(Newser) - Salman Rushdie made an emotional and unexpected return to public life Thursday night, attending the annual gala of PEN America and giving the event's final speech as he accepted a special prize, the PEN Centenary Courage Award, just nine months being after being stabbed repeatedly and hospitalized. "It'...

Salman Rushdie: I'm Struggling With PTSD
My Attacker
Is an 'Idiot'

Salman Rushdie: My Attacker Is an 'Idiot'

Author talks to the 'New Yorker' about his slow road to recovery, and writing

(Newser) - Nearly six months after the stabbing attack that nearly took his life, Salman Rushdie talks to New Yorker editor David Remnick about the incident and its aftermath. The prolific author reveals that he's been struggling to write—though he eschews the term "writer's block"—amid his...

Agent Shares Full Extent of Salman Rushdie's Injuries

Author was stabbed as he was about to give a lecture in New York in August

(Newser) - The full extent of the injuries Salman Rushdie suffered after being stabbed in August have now been revealed via an interview his agent gave to Spain's El Pais . The Guardian reports the upshot of Andrew Wylie's comments: The 75-year-old author has lost vision in one eye and is...

Rushdie Suspect Only Read 'Like 2 Pages'

Hadi Matar is surprised author survived

(Newser) - The man accused of stabbing Salman Rushdie apparently didn't bother reading The Satanic Verses before allegedly trying to murder the author. In a jailhouse interview, Hadi Matar told the New York Post that he only read "like two pages" of the 1989 novel, which led to a fatwa...

'You Are Next:' Cops Investigate Threat to JK Rowling

Author receives death threat after expressing support for Salman Rushdie online

(Newser) - Harry Potter author JK Rowling expressed support online for Salman Rushdie after he was stabbed —and received a death threat for her trouble. Now police in Scotland are investigating, reports the Hollywood Reporter . On Friday, Rowling tweeted , "Feeling very sick right now. Let him be ok" upon hearing...

Iran Has Something to Say About Rushdie Attack

It denies any culpability, says stabbing was the fault of Rushdie himself and his supporters

(Newser) - As Salman Rushdie appears to be slowly recuperating after last week's stabbing in New York, Iran has its own update, and it's a denial of any culpability. "Regarding the attack on Salman Rushdie, we do not consider anyone other than [Rushdie] and his supporters [worthy] of blame...

Salman Rushdie's Friend Provides a Better Update

Author has serious injuries, but he is off ventilator and 'joking'

(Newser) - Salman Rushdie was taken off a ventilator and able to talk Saturday, a day after he was stabbed as he prepared to give a lecture in upstate New York. Rushdie remained hospitalized with serious injuries, but fellow author Aatish Taseer tweeted in the evening that he was “off the...

Suspect in Rushdie Attack Charged, Enters Plea

Court denies bail for 24-year-old facing second-degree attempted murder count

(Newser) - The man held in the stabbing of author Salman Rushdie has been charged with second-degree attempted murder and assault. A lawyer for Hadi Matar entered a not guilty plea on his behalf, CNN reports, at an arraignment Saturday in New York state. Bail was denied, and the defendant, 24, is...

Agent on Rushdie: 'The News Is Not Good'

Author will likely lose an eye, suffered severed nerves in arm, damaged liver, says Andrew Wylie

(Newser) - One day after he was stabbed while onstage at New York state's Chautauqua Institution to give a lecture, Salman Rushdie is hooked up to a ventilator and not able to talk, his agent says, per the BBC . "The news is not good," Andrew Wylie told the New ...

What We Know About the Attack on Salman Rushdie
What We Know About the
Attack on Salman Rushdie
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What We Know About the Attack on Salman Rushdie

Author was stabbed on stage at the Chautauqua Institution in New York state

(Newser) - Author Salman Rushdie was undergoing surgery Friday after being stabbed at the Chautauqua Institution in New York state. The suspected assailant is in custody, but police have not identified him or spoken of a motive. "We can think of no comparable incident of a public attack on a literary...

Man Storms NY Lecture Stage, Attacks Salman Rushdie

Police say author was stabbed in the neck, and his condition is not known

(Newser) - This story has been updated with a statement from New York State Police. Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture in western New York. An AP reporter witnessed a man storm...

After 25 Years, Charges Filed in Satanic Verses Shooting

Norway makes the move ahead of deadline so investigation can continue

(Newser) - Police in Norway just made a move to keep alive the investigation into a 25-year-old shooting that captured the world's attention, reports Reuters . Back in 1993, the man who published Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses in Norway was shot three times outside his home. William Nygaard survived, but...

Nobel Panel Slams Fatwa on Rushdie—27 Years Later

Panel condemns 'flagrant breaches of international law'

(Newser) - Better late than never? The Swedish Academy, which selects the winners of the Nobel Prize in literature, has condemned an Iranian death warrant against British writer Salman Rushdie, 27 years after it was pronounced. Two members quit the academy in 1989 after it refused to condemn Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini's...

Iran's Media Raises $600K for Renewed Rushdie Fatwa

'It will never lose its power,' Iran official says of death edict

(Newser) - Since 1989, Salman Rushdie has had to live a mostly underground life after Iran's then-supreme leader called for his assassination over the novel The Satanic Verses. Now that fatwa, which is occasionally paraded out by the country's religious leaders, has been reupped yet again, and this time 40...

Jon Stewart: Romney's Own Dad Wouldn't Vote for Him

George Romney spent early years on welfare

(Newser) - Jon Stewart weighed in on Mitt Romney's 47% controversy last night —or, as he described it, Romney "talking to rich people about poorer people in a manner you would imagine cartoon rich people talk about cartoon poorer people." The first problem with Romney's position: Almost...

Iran: We Will Hunt Down Video Makers

Producer goes into hiding; actress posts 'scared' letter

(Newser) - As rage over an anti-Islamic video erupts into more violent protests— Afghanistan and Pakistan are among the latest—Iran is vowing to hunt down the makers of Innocence of Muslims, the Telegraph reports. "The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran condemns ... this inappropriate and offensive action," said...

Salman Rushdie Proposes, Gets Turned Down

Michelle Barish returns 7-carat diamond ring to novelist

(Newser) - Today, a lesson in why it's not a good idea to propose to someone two days after she splits up with someone else: That's how long Salman Rushdie waited after Michelle Barish broke up with New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch, and it did not go well for...

Rushdie Quits Festival Over Assassination Fears

Received intelligence about plot at Jaipur literary event

(Newser) - Salman Rushdie has dropped out of India's top literary festival after hearing that assassins may have been planning to attend—and kill him. Powerful clerics had protested the author's attendance at the Jaipur festival, which opened today and was to feature Rushdie as a speaker. But "intelligence...

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