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Author Salman Rushdie Is Attacked Onstage in Western New York

Salman Rushdie, the author, was attacked Friday while onstage in Chautauqua, near Erie in western New York, according to multiple eyewitnesses and accounts on social media.

The attack happened at about 10:45 a.m., shortly after Mr. Rushdie took the stage to deliver a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution, a community in western New York that offers arts and literary programming during the summer.

Mr. Rushdie had just come onstage and was seated in a chair as a staff member introduced him, when the assailant rushed the stage and assaulted the author. It was not immediately clear whether Mr. Rushdie was injured.

Mr. Rushdie spent about 10 years under police protection, living in hiding after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran called for his execution in 1989 because his novel “The Satanic Verses” was considered offensive to Islam. The book was banned in India, where he was born, and he was barred from the country for more than a decade.

“There was just one attacker,” said Elisabeth Healey, 75, who was in the audience. “He was dressed in black. He had a loose black garment on. He ran with lightning speed over to him.”

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by Anonymousreply 46January 26, 2023 7:24 PM
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by Anonymousreply 1August 12, 2022 3:50 PM

I’d feel more sympathy with him if “Satanic Verses” weren’t such a profoundly mediocre novel.

by Anonymousreply 2August 12, 2022 3:51 PM

R2 was it? I need to read it

by Anonymousreply 3August 12, 2022 3:54 PM

Brave, foolish Bridget for putting herself between Salman and his attacker.

by Anonymousreply 4August 12, 2022 3:56 PM

[quote]I’d feel more sympathy with him if “Satanic Verses” weren’t such a profoundly mediocre novel.

I've always intended to read it, more as a cultural touchstone than as an example of literary accomplishment.

I've never been able to bring myself to do so.

by Anonymousreply 5August 12, 2022 3:59 PM

When did he get so fat?

by Anonymousreply 6August 12, 2022 4:01 PM

Very good R4 I had a giggle.

by Anonymousreply 7August 12, 2022 4:02 PM

He divorced the skinny chef.

by Anonymousreply 8August 12, 2022 4:03 PM

He’s the OG of cancel culture, long before Dave Chappelle. Why is it that both men have such atrocious security, considering the vitriol directed at them?

by Anonymousreply 9August 12, 2022 4:04 PM

Was Dave Chappelle stabbed as well?

by Anonymousreply 10August 12, 2022 4:05 PM

No R10 - Chappelle was tackled by a rando with a knife on him, I believe.

by Anonymousreply 11August 12, 2022 4:12 PM

it was a knife in a gun type thing.

by Anonymousreply 12August 12, 2022 4:23 PM

I had a feeling someone will get him one day.

by Anonymousreply 13August 12, 2022 5:45 PM

A bayonet!

by Anonymousreply 14August 12, 2022 5:53 PM

Will he get a reward from Iran?

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by Anonymousreply 15August 12, 2022 10:04 PM

[quote] I need to read it

No. It is worse than Ian McEwan. More worse than Martin Amis.

Try Julian Barnes if you want quality current English literature.

by Anonymousreply 16August 13, 2022 1:19 AM

The $4m reward from Iran still stands.

by Anonymousreply 17August 13, 2022 1:32 AM

Well he is a writer and this is recognition. Artists gotta get it however they can.

by Anonymousreply 18August 13, 2022 1:43 AM

One wonders how this might affect US Iran relations that Biden has been trying to salvage from its dismantling during the Trump administration.

by Anonymousreply 19August 13, 2022 1:12 PM

Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, sent an update on his condition shortly before 7 p.m. on Friday, saying Mr. Rushdie was on a ventilator and could not speak. “The news is not good," he said. "Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged

by Anonymousreply 20August 13, 2022 1:16 PM

I hope Rushdie survives if for no other reason that, after all this time and so many death threats, this nobody who stabbed him should NOT gain acclaim for his crimes.

by Anonymousreply 21August 13, 2022 9:57 PM

I HOPE he doesn’t die from this. All we need is another rise in anti-Muslim hysteria.

by Anonymousreply 22August 14, 2022 12:52 AM

THey took him off the ventilator today and he is tallking. He had some company. He sends his love!

by Anonymousreply 23August 14, 2022 12:54 AM

Islam is the least tolerant religion in existence. A non-Muslim in a Muslim country couldn't get away with even 1% what immigrants Muslims take for granted in the western world, especially free speech.

by Anonymousreply 24August 14, 2022 1:26 AM

Is this going to be our Part 2? The first thread is now full.

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by Anonymousreply 25August 14, 2022 8:43 AM

According to MSNBC last night, the motive is still unknown. I wonder it will remain a mystery forever?

by Anonymousreply 26August 14, 2022 9:05 AM

I get that the media doesn't want to jump to conclusions but, uh, I think we know the motive.

by Anonymousreply 27August 14, 2022 9:09 AM

It would be droll though if it turned out that the motive was that Salman had just stolen this guy’s parking spot or cut him in line at the grocery self-checkout earlier in the day.

by Anonymousreply 28August 14, 2022 9:20 AM

No, R25. Please begin a part two of the other thread and this one can be left for info about Salman Rushdie instead of the massive debate which was happening on the full thread.

by Anonymousreply 29August 14, 2022 9:20 AM

Can we please keep this thread a secret from ConcernedEuropean? I wasn't involved, but his relentlessness was exhausting to keep-on scrolling through!

by Anonymousreply 30August 14, 2022 9:50 AM

So when someone finally decided to kill Rushdie after decades of a fatwa, it failed. Pretty pathetic a show but feels symbolic somehow.

Hope Matar rots in prison for a long time.

by Anonymousreply 31August 14, 2022 10:12 AM

I was a kid when the fatwa was issued, so I picked up a copy of the book but couldn't find anything overtly controversial. I was a teen though, so my understanding of the world was very different than now and I obviously missed whatever the big hullabaloo was all about.

by Anonymousreply 32August 14, 2022 2:07 PM

The motive is not unknown and I hate it when the media does that when it is perfectly obvious what the motive is. He was an extremist in his religious views. It's that whole Shiite vs Sunnie thing. And he has some connection to Iran . He had cash on him. Lots of it. The Iranian Religious leader issued a "fatwah" againt Rushdie 34 years ago. So this nut case decided to act on it..

by Anonymousreply 33August 14, 2022 3:24 PM

Sunni not Sunnie.

by Anonymousreply 34August 14, 2022 3:25 PM

I agree. They found his Facebook which made it v. v. clear what his motivation was. It's pussyfooting around this.

by Anonymousreply 35August 14, 2022 3:27 PM

[quote]Sunni not Sunnie.


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by Anonymousreply 36August 14, 2022 4:34 PM

R22: all we need is another rise in Muslim extremist violence. What are Muslims so hysterical that they kill over a cartoon? Psychotic drama queens.

by Anonymousreply 37August 14, 2022 4:38 PM

Psychotic drama queens = pious men of faith.

by Anonymousreply 38August 14, 2022 11:09 PM

Letterman had an interesting take on Rushdie’s work, back in the day:

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by Anonymousreply 39August 15, 2022 12:47 AM

Shortly after the vicious stabbing of Indian-American author Salman Rushdie, Prof. Nader Hashemi, a specialist on Islam-West Relations, opined on the Iran Podcast that Israel was probably behind the life-threatening attack, as an attempt to derail renewed nuclear negotiations with Iran.

It is crucial, although challenging to distinguish between the two—given the passions understandably aroused by every aspect of the Israel-Palestine dispute—especially when the speakers seem otherwise credible and accomplished.

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by Anonymousreply 40September 4, 2022 3:53 AM

How’s he doin’?

by Anonymousreply 41September 4, 2022 2:03 PM

Update on Rushdie's injuries.

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by Anonymousreply 42October 24, 2022 5:58 AM

His injuries are horrific. Religion of peace.

by Anonymousreply 43October 24, 2022 12:33 PM

New novel

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by Anonymousreply 44January 26, 2023 6:32 PM

If we didn’t have separation of church and state in the United States, we’d be in the same situation as some of these hard right fundamentalist Islamic countries. These self-described Christian Nationalists in Congress right now are majorly pissed that they can respond to cultural issues like their Muslim crackpot brethren can. Listen to those cunts MTG and Bimboebert…Governors DeSantis and Abbott as well.

by Anonymousreply 45January 26, 2023 6:38 PM

Donald Trump and his Republican colleagues issue fatwas and their fanatical followers eagerly enforce them.

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by Anonymousreply 46January 26, 2023 7:24 PM
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