Rushdie remains hospitalized, in critical condition but not on a ventilator.

New York, Aug 14 (EFE) .- The Anglo-Indian writer Salman Rushdie, stabbed last Friday, is evolving positively and no longer needs assisted breathing, although he is still hospitalized and in critical condition, while calls for solidarity with him and even calls for him to receive the Nobel Prize.

The good news was given today by his son Zafar Rushdie, turned spokesman for the family, who issued a statement on Twitter in which he explained that, despite the seriousness, his father was removed from the respirator and additional oxygen on Saturday, after which “he was able to say a few words”, adding that he has not lost “his jovial sense of humor”.

After the attack on the author on Friday, which occurred after more than three decades of death threats, his literary agent Andrew Wylie reported that Rushdie would lose one of his eyes, that his liver had been seriously damaged by the stab wounds and that the aggressor had “cut the nerves of an arm” of the writer.

The ex-wife of the writer, model and television presenter, India’s Padma Lakshmi, said today in a tweet that she was “relieved that Rushdie is moving forward after Friday’s nightmare.”

The moderator Henry Reese was slightly injured in the incident, who has considered the aggression against Rushdie, who has been threatened with death since 1989 by a fatwa issued by Ayatollah Ruholá Khomeiní after the publication of “Verses satanic” and for whom today several French figures claimed the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Rushdie has received several awards for his successful career in the literary world but not that important recognition. “They will never give me the Nobel for fear of the Islamists,” he said in an interview in 2017.

The announcement of this year’s winners will be announced in October, specifically on the 6th for literature.

“I cannot imagine any other writer who has the audacity, today, to deserve it more than him. The campaign begins now,” wrote the French media philosopher and writer Bernard-Henri Lévy in the pages of the weekly “Le Journal du Dimanche “(JDD).

And while Rushdie’s state of health has brought relief to his family and the literary world, more details have begun to emerge of the young Shia radical, Hadi Matar, born in the United States of Lebanese origin, who stabbed him on Friday in New York. , where the writer lives since 2000.

Local authorities in Chautauqua County, in northwestern New York state where the attack occurred at an educational institution, are working together with the FBI and international authorities in this investigation.

According to County Attorney Jason Schmidt, the attack on Rushdie was “unprovoked and planned” and guilty of attempted second-degree murder and armed assault charges, to which he pleaded not guilty, the suspect would face up to 32 years in prison.

Matar, who authorities say has no criminal record and who arrived in Chautauqua a day before the event, for which he paid a registration fee, has been denied bail and remains in custody. Neighbors and members of a boxing club he used to attend every day describe him as “very calm,” according to CNN television.

The attack on Rushdie has not yet provoked a reaction from the Iranian government authorities who remain silent about the incident and its attacker.

In the country where he was sentenced to death in 1989 -according to Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa which was never formally revoked-, the most conservative media celebrated the attack, but indifference was the general tone among citizens, who consider the matter a thing of the past or directly unknown the name of the novelist.

Rushdie’s next book, “Victory City,” is scheduled to be published in February 2023 in the US under Penguin Random House.

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Rushdie remains hospitalized, in critical condition but not on a ventilator.