New York: British author Salman Rushdie has lost sight in one eye and the use of one hand following an attack on him in August this year, Rushdie’s agent confirmed on Saturday.
Andrew Wylie, Rushdie’s agent, described the extent of the injuries Rushdie suffered in the attack in an interview with a Spanish newspaper.
“[Salman Rushdie] had three serious wounds in his neck. One hand is incapacitated because the nerves in his arm were cut. And he has about 15 more wounds in his chest and torso.” The agent described the author’s wounds as “profound,” and noted the loss of sight in one eye.
In August this year, Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck and torso onstage at a lecture in New York state.
After hours of surgery, Rushdie was put on a ventilator. His agent had feared that the author might lose sight in one eye as a result of the attack.
Rushdie, 75, was propelled into the spotlight with his second novel, Midnight’s Children, in 1981, which won international praise and Britain’s prestigious Booker Prize for its portrayal of post-independence India.
But his 1988 book “The Satanic Verses” brought attention beyond his imagination when he was forced to go underground.