British writer Salman Rushdie said Tuesday, at a decoration ceremony in the United Kingdom, that he has started writing again, nine months after the knife attack that nearly cost him his life in the United States.
The 75-year-old author, wearing glasses with a black lens, posed for photographers after receiving a medal and the title of Companion of Honour at Windsor Castle, west London, from Princess Anne, sister of King Charles III.
The Indian-born intellectual, naturalized American and who lives in New York, said he resumed writing even if it had "taken time." I recovered quite well, that's why I was able to come, I had to wait a while, "said the writer, less than a week after his first public appearance, at a gala in New York, since his attack.
On August 12, he was invited to a literary conference in Chautauqua, a small cultural and bucolic town in northwestern New York, near Great Lake Erie. At the time of speaking, a young American of Lebanese origin suspected of being a sympathizer of Shiite Iran had thrown himself on him, armed with a knife, and had stabbed him a dozen times. Onlookers and guards subdued the assailant, who has been charged and has since been detained pending trial. His literary agent Andrew Wylie revealed in October that he had lost sight in one eye and the use of one hand.
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In February, during the release of his latest novel Victory City, the writer told the New Yorker that he had a lot of trouble writing and suffered from post-traumatic stress. Adulated by elites in the West, hated by Muslim extremists in Iran or Pakistan some had rejoiced at his aggression Salman Rushdie is an icon of freedom of expression. He has lived since 1989 under the threat of a fatwa issued by Iran after the publication of his book The Satanic Verses.