March 2, 2024

Six months after bestselling writer Salman Rushdie was brutally attacked onstage by 24-year-old Hadi Matar at an event in upscale New York, he has shared his new look which showed scars to his face and darkened lens to one side of his glasses to obscure his damaged eye, which, alongside other injuries, is the result of that insidious attack.

The New Yorker released the photos via his Twitter handle on Tuesday.The Indian -born British writer, who faced death threats for his novel, The Satanic Verses, was attacked in 13 August as he was about to deliver a lecture in New York. He was stabbed 12 times, including in his face, neck and torso.

During a interview , Rushdie’s literary agent Andrew Wylie disclosed the 75-year-old’s injuries were profound and he had lost the sight of one eye.He had three serious wounds in his neck”, Wylie said. “One hand is incapacitated because the nerves in his arm were cut. And he has about 15 more wounds in his chest and torso. So, it was a brutal attack.”

Meanwhile,Rushdie said he was grateful to a number of people: the doctors, the E.M.T workers, the fireman in Chautauqua who treated his wounds and the surgeons in Erie. “It’s very nice that everybody was so moved by this, you know? I had never thought about how people would react if I was assassinated, or almost assassinated … At some point, I’d like to go back up there and say thank you.”

Rushdie was also grateful to his two grown sons, Zafar and Milan who live in London and his poet wife Griffiths “She kind of took over at a point when I was helpless … “She just took over everything, as well as having the emotional burden of my almost being killed.”Speaking about his injuries, Rushdie said: “I’ve been better. But, considering what happened, I’m not so bad … The big injuries are healed, essentially. I have feeling in my thumb and index finger and in the bottom half of the palm. I’m doing a lot of hand therapy, and I’m told that I’m doing very well,” adding that it was difficult to write due to a lack of feelings in his fingertips.“I’m able to get up and walk around. When I say I’m fine, I mean, there are bits of my body that need constant checkups. It was a colossal attack.”

However, Matar, who has been charged with attempted murder, has pleaded not guilty after he stabbed the Booker Prize-winning writer multiple times.

Marvelous Ogidi

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