LAuthor Salman Rushdie was stabbed on stage in western New York State on Friday, US media reported. He was about to give a lecture. Wounded in the neck, he was taken to hospital. The attacker has been arrested.
An Associated Press reporter saw a man rush onto the stage and stab Salman Rushdie as he was being introduced. The assailant was subdued and then arrested, police said.
Contacted by AFP, police in Chautauqua County, where the writer was to speak, confirmed that a person had been stabbed without specifying at this stage the identity of the victim.
A scandal that sets the Muslim world ablaze
Salman Rushdie, born in 1947 in Bombay, India, two months before its independence from the British Empire, tries not to be reduced to the scandal caused by the publication of the “Satanic Verses”, which had set the Muslim world ablaze and led in 1989 to a “fatwa” calling for his assassination.
But current events – the rise to power of radical Islam – have constantly brought it back to what it has always been in the eyes of the West: the symbol of the fight against religious obscurantism and for freedom of expression.
Already in 2005, he considered that this “fatwa” had constituted a prelude to the attacks of September 11, 2001.
Forced from then on to live in hiding and under police protection, going from cache to cache, he called himself Joseph Anton, in homage to his favorite authors, Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov. He has to face an immense loneliness, further increased by the break with his wife, the American novelist Marianne Wiggins, to whom “Les verses…” is dedicated.
Settled in New York for a few years, Salman Rushdie – arched eyebrows, heavy eyelids, bald head, glasses and beard – had resumed an almost normal life while continuing to defend, in his books, satire and irreverence.