In a statement to the BBC, police said a man stormed the stage at the Chautauqua Institute where the event was being held and stabbed the 75-year-old writer in the neck.
The writer, who had received death threats from Iran since the 1980s, fell to the ground and was taken to hospital by helicopter. The interlocutor who accompanied him to the event was also injured.
Also, according to the NYPD, the suspect in attacking the writer has been arrested and there are still no details about his identity or motives.
Rushdie, one of the greatest writers of his generation, has been pursued by Iranian authorities since the 1988 publication of The Satanic Verses, a fictional novel considered offensive to Muhammad and the Islamic faith.
At the time of the book’s release, Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeini called for the writer to be assassinated, and the country’s highest religious authorities persecuted persecution in 2005.
Since the episode that featured his most famous books – which actually resulted in a failed assassination attempt in 1989 – Rushdie has been living under tight security in the UK, where he has studied since his youth. Today, he lives in the United States.
The Bombay-born author won the Booker Prize, the top prize in English literature, for his book Midnight’s Children in 1981, and his other best known books include Moore’s Sigh and East, West. It was published in Brazil by Companhia das Letras.
In Joseph Anton, his most self-published work ten years ago, he recounts memories of his years in which he hid from religious persecution under the pseudonym the book authorizes.
His literary project is characterized by a fascinating exploration of the religious and cultural traditions of different civilizations around the world, always in a sharp and uncompromising style. The annoyance caused by The Satanic Verses implied the fact that the book depicted the life of the Prophet Muhammad.
during launch His latest book is “Quichotte”.Last year, he gave an interview to this newspaper in which he advocated the reconstruction of objective facts by journalism in a world increasingly driven by narratives and subjective beliefs.
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