Personalities from the literary world reacted in shock to the news of Salman Rushdie’s attack on stage at an event in New York.
The author, who has already had a fatwa for his writings, was stabbed in the neck while on stage in western New York earlier today (August 12), announced the state police.
According to a PA a reporter who witnessed the attack, Rushdie was on stage about to give a talk at the Chautauqua Institution when the assailant stormed the stage and stabbed him.
At a news conference about an hour after the incident, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said Rushdie was alive and had been airlifted to a local hospital.
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The incident prompted an outpouring of shock and support on social media from writers and fellow novelists.
Horror novelist Stephen King wrote: “Hope Salman Rushdie is doing well.”
Neil Gaiman wrote: “I am shocked and upset to see my friend @SalmanRushdie attacked before a conference. He’s a good, bright man and I hope he’s doing well.
Writer Jeff Sharlet wrote: “Very sad to hear of Rushdie, for all the obvious reasons and because in my very limited interaction with him he is far more of a mensch than many superstar writers. When he is arrived at Dartmouth, he was incredibly generous with his time with the undergraduates, I hope he recovers quickly.
Author Sathnam Sanghera commented: “Salman Rushdie. Passage of midnight children during my last exam. poster of The Moor’s Last Breath had a place on the wall of my (pretentious) dorm room. quote from satanic verses opens EmpireLand. Many British Asian writers wouldn’t be writers without him. Pray for him to be well.
Food writer and former associate literary editor of The Sunday TimesNigella Lawson, added: “This shocking news that Salman Rushdie has been stabbed. It’s horrible. Am distraught. Please, please let it be alright.