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Famous author Salman Rushdie continues recovery after brutal attack

Bestselling author Salman Rushdie was attacked Friday as he was about to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institution, a nonprofit education center in western New York, suffering stab wounds to the neck and abdomen. Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, said the writer was on a ventilator Friday evening, with a damaged liver, severe nerves in an arm and an eye he was likely to lose. The suspect was identified as a 24-year-old man from Fairview, New Jersey. Officials did not “have any indication of a motivation at this time.” Rushdie, an Indian-born British-American novelist, has authored more than a dozen books. His book “The Satanic Verses” has been banned in Iran since the late 1980s, and many Muslims consider it blasphemous. He was a target of Iran’s late Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini calling for his death. Some Iranians interviewed Saturday by the Associated Press praised the attack on an author they believe tarnished the Islamic faith, while others worried it would further isolate their country.

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