Author of ‘The Satanic Verses,’ Salman Rushdie attacked on stage during a New York event. A lone male attacker attacked 75-year-old writer onstage at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua. The suspect was taken into custody by a state trooper at the event, police said.
NEW YORK AUGUST 12: Author of ‘The Satanic Verses,’ Salman Rushdie attacked on stage during a New York event. Salman Rushdie was forced into hiding in 1989 following death threats over his works. Iran Ayatollah Khomeini called for Rushdie’s assassination branding his work ‘blasphemous.’
Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is an Indian-born novelist, whose work, combining magical realism with historical fiction, is primarily concerned with the connections, disruptions, and migrations between Eastern and Western civilizations, with much set on the Indian subcontinent.
The Satanic Verses (1988), was the subject of controversy, provoking protests from Muslims. Death threats were made against him, including a fatwā calling for his assassination issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran, in 1989. The British government put Rushdie under police protection.
Since 2000, Rushdie has lived in the United States. He was named Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University in 2015. Earlier, he taught at Emory University. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he published Joseph Anton: A Memoir, an account of his life in the wake of the controversy over The Satanic Verses.
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