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Salman Rushdie in recovery, his family “relieved”

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Aged 75, he is no longer on respiratory assistance and the road to recovery has begunsaid his agent Andrew Wylie in a press release sent to the Washington Post.

The injuries are serious, but his condition is moving in the right directionadded this close friend of the author of satanic verses stabbed a dozen times in the neck and abdomen on Friday morning during a literary conference at the Chautauqua Cultural Center in New York State.

His son Zafar Rushdie confirmed on Twitter that his father could have said a few words Saturday and that he had kept his sense of humor intact.

The Rushdie family said to themselves extremely relieved.

Salman Rushdie remains hospitalized since Friday in Erie, Pennsylvania, on the edge of the lake that separates the United States from Canada. According to New York Times Saturday evening, quoting Mr Wylie who had been alarmist on Friday, the famous British writer and naturalized American had started talking again.

Suspect pleads not guilty

The alleged attacker, Hadi Matar, 24, charged with attempted murder and assaultappeared in a Chautauqua court on Saturday evening, in a black and white striped prison uniform, handcuffed and masked and did not say a word, according to local press.

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Prosecutors said Friday’s attack was premeditated.

The suspect, who lives in New Jersey, pleaded not guilty by the voice of his lawyer and will appear again on August 19.

The attack caused a shock wave, particularly in the West: US President Joe Biden condemned a brutal attack and paid tribute to Mr. Rushdie for his refusal to be intimidated and silenced.

Living in New York for twenty years, Salman Rushdie had resumed an almost normal life while continuing to defend, in his books, satire and irreverence.

Coincidence, the German magazine Stern interviewed him a few days ago, before the attack. Since I live in the United States, I no longer have a problem. My life is back to normalassures the writer, in this interview to be published on August 18, saying to himself optimistic despite daily death threats.

Salman Rushdie, born in 1947 in India into a family of non-practicing Muslim intellectuals, set part of the Islamic world ablaze with the publication of satanic versesjudged by the most rigorous Muslims as blasphemous with regard to the Koran and the Prophet Muhammad and leading the Iranian Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini to issue the fatwa calling for his assassination.

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An attack hailed by extremists

The fatwa has in fact never been lifted and many of its translators have been wounded by attacks or even killed, such as the Japanese Hitoshi Igarashi, who was stabbed to death in 1991.

His fight is ours, universallaunched President Emmanuel Macron on Friday, while Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced a cowardly attack.

The head of the Israeli government Yair Lapid has meanwhile assured that this attack is the result of decades of incitement to murder by Iran’s extremist regime.

But in Muslim countries, the attack was welcomed by extremists.

In Iran, the ultra-conservative daily Kayhan praised the assailant: Kudos to this brave and duty-conscious man who attacked the apostate and vicious Salman Rushdiewrites the newspaper. Let’s kiss the hand of the one who tore the neck of the enemy of God with a knife.

In neighboring Pakistan, the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan party – notorious for its violence against what it considers anti-Muslim blasphemy – has also ruled that Rushdie deserved to be killed.

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