Salman Rushdie is off ventilator and able to talk, agent says

The Guardian

By Ramon Antonio Vargas and agencies
Author Salman Rushdie is able to speak after being attacked at a literary festival in New York state on Friday. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod/The Guardian

Salman Rushdie has been taken off a ventilator and was able to talk on Saturday, his agent has confirmed, as the US president hailed the writer’s courage and voiced horror at the attack on him.

The Indian-born British novelist remains hospitalised with serious injuries, but fellow author Aatish Taseer tweeted on Saturday evening that he was “off the ventilator and talking (and joking)”. Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed that information without offering further details.

Earlier on Saturday, Hadi Matar, the man suspected in Friday’s attack at a literary festival in upstate New York, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and assault at a brief court appearance where he was denied bail.

Publish : 2022-08-14 10:48:00

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