Salman Rushdie without ventilation and ‘talking and joking’ a day after brutal stabbing attack

Author Salman Rushdie was off a ventilator on Saturday and was in good spirits, a day after he was stabbed while attempting to give a lecture in Chautauqua state, his agent confirmed.

Rushdie, 75, remained in serious condition but was said to be “talking (and joking)”, colleague Aatish Taseer tweeted.

Rushdie’s agent Andrew Wylie confirmed the update a day after he said the author was likely to lose an eye.

The author also suffered a damaged liver and severed nerves in his arm, the agent said.

Hadi Matar, 24, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault charges in connection with the shocking public attack on a non-profit education and retreat center.

Prosecutors said Matar planned the attack in advance and used fake ID to obtain an advance pass to Rushdie’s lecture.

Rushdie's alleged attacker Hadi Matar, 24, center, arrives for a arraignment at the Chautauqua County Courthouse on August 13, 2022 in Mayville, NY.
Rushdie’s alleged attacker Hadi Matar, 24, center, arrives for a arraignment at the Chautauqua County Courthouse on August 13, 2022 in Mayville, NY.
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Hadi Matar (left) is escorted off stage as people tend to author Salman Rushdie (center right) at the Chautauqua Institution on August 12, 2022 in Chautauqua, NY.
Hadi Matar (left) is escorted off stage as people tend to author Salman Rushdie (center right) at the Chautauqua Institution on August 12, 2022 in Chautauqua, NY.
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In 1989, Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering Muslims to kill him after claiming that his novel The Satanic Verses mocked the religion.

Matar, of Fairview, New Jersey, harbored sympathies for Iran, law enforcement officials told the Post.

Rushdie has lived in Manhattan for more than two decades and only discussed the death warrant with German magazine Stern two weeks ago, although he doesn’t sound like he’s too concerned about his safety.

Salman Rushdie
Rushdie went into hiding and was protected by the British government until 2002.
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“Such a fatwa is a serious matter, fortunately the internet didn’t exist back then. The Iranians had to fax the fatwa to the mosques. That was a long time ago, you know, but now my life is relatively normal again,” he said.

“I think a lot of people are living with similar threats today as I was then. And the fax machine used against me is like a bicycle against a Ferrari compared to the internet.”

With postal wires

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