Writer Salman Rushdie is stabbed while lecturing in New York

Salman Rushdie em um evento em Cartagena, Colômbia, em janeiro de 2018.
Salman Rushdie at an event in Cartagena, Colombia, in January 2018.| Photo: EFE / Ricardo Maldonado Rozo

Salman Rushdie, the Indian-born writer who has been the target of death threats from the Iranian regime since he published

“The Satanic Verses” in

, was attacked this Friday (12) by a man who invaded the stage of his lecture in New York. The Associated Press (AP) says it’s possible he was stabbed in the neck.

An AP reporter witnessed the attack, which took place at the Chautauqua Institution. Rushdie was being introduced to the audience when the attacker shot at him The 15 punches, which could have been stab wounds. The New York Times reported that they were stabbed.

The writer, who is 67 years old, he was taken to the hospital by helicopter. His status is still unknown. Governor Kathy Hochul declared he is getting “the care he needs”. Andrew Wylie, a spokesman for Rushdie, said he is undergoing surgery.

The aggressor was arrested at the scene. A witness from the audience, Rabbi Savenor, said the attack lasted about 12 seconds. It was around h12, local time .

Bloodied, Rushdie had his feet lifted by the first to help. it, so that there was no lack of blood in the upper part of his body.

One of the people who helped was endocrinologist Rita Landman. She told the New York Times that Rushdie had multiple stab wounds, including on the right side of his neck, but was alive. In 2016, the author, who lives in New York, became a US citizen. He also has British citizenship and was given the title of

Sir of the Queen Elizabeth II in 1991.


The writer is known as one of the leading voices for freedom of expression in the world. On of July de 1991, the Japanese translator of “The Satanic Verses Hitoshi Igarashi was stabbed to death by an anonymous man at the behest of the Ayatollah, who said that not only the author, but also “all those involved in its publication” were to be killed, in a religious exhortation known as fatwa.

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