NEW YORK — Salman Rushdie’s agent says the author has lost sight in one eye and the use of one hand as he recovers from an attack by a man on stage at a literary event in West New York in August. are

Literary agent Andrew Wylie told the Spanish-language newspaper El Pais in an article published on Saturday that Rushdie suffered three severe wounds to his neck and 15 more to his chest and torso in the attack, leaving a Eye sight was taken away and one hand was crippled.

Rushdie, 75, spent years in hiding after Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa in 1989, calling for his death following the publication of his novel “The Satanic Verses,” which some Muslims consider it insulting. Over the past two decades, Rushdie has traveled freely.

Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and assault in the Aug. 12 attack on Rushdie in Chautauqua, a rural center 55 miles southwest of Buffalo. was being introduced in the institution. which is known for its summertime lecture series.

After the attack, Rushdie was treated at a hospital in Pennsylvania, where he was briefly put on a ventilator to recover from what Wylie told El Pace was a “brutal attack” The nerves of one arm were severed.

Wylie told the newspaper that he could not say whether Rushdie would remain in the hospital or discuss his whereabouts.

“He’s going to live … that’s the main thing,” Wylie said.

The attack was along the lines of what Rishi and his agent thought was “the main threat … a random person coming out of nowhere,” Wylie told El Pace.

“So you can’t guard against it because it’s completely unpredictable and illogical,” he said.

Wylie told the newspaper that it was like the murder of John Lennon, a member of the Beatles. Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside his Manhattan apartment building on December 8, 1980, after the singer signed an autograph for Chapman.

In a jailhouse interview with The New York Post, Matar said he disliked Rushdie and admired Khomeini. Iran has denied involvement in the attack.


An earlier version of this report misspelled Salman Rushdie’s first name.

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