Author Salman Rushdie on ventilator after stabbing | News | DW

Award-winning author Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed multiple times Friday while on stage at a literary event in rural New York, is on a ventilator and could lose an eye, his agent said.

“The news is not good,” agent Andrew Wylie said in a statement obtained by The New York Times. “Salman will likely lose one eye; the nerves in his arm were severed; and his liver was stabbed and damaged.”

Wylie added that Rushdie could not speak.

Rushdie spent years in hiding after an Iranian fatwa ordered his killing following the publication of his book “The Satanic Verses,” which some Muslims considered to be disrespectful of Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.

How did the attack unfold?

The stabbing took place at the Chautauqua Institution, about 55 miles (88 kilometers) southwest of Buffalo…

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