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Friends, Fellow Writers Gather to Read for Rushdie

Salman A week after Rushdie was attacked on stage, friends and fellow writers called Salman at a rally on the steps of the main New York Public Library on Friday. Rushdie was injured in the West state and was hospitalized with a stab wound.

Rushdie's condition improved and he was taken off the ventilator, according to his copyright agent.

Jeffrey Eugenides, Tina Brown, and Kiran Desai share their hopes for a full recovery, provide inspiration, tell the story of Rushdie as an advocate for free expression, and share his book, essays. , read a passage from the speech. From The Satanic Verses. His 1988 novel that some Muslims accused of being blasphemous.

Rushdie went into hiding for years after the Iranian Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued his 1989 decree fatwa calling for his death, but has been free to travel for the past two decades. Was.

The hour-long "Stand With Salman" gathering was provided in part by the library, Rushdie's publisher, his Penguin Random House, and his literary and human rights organization, PEN America. Hundreds attended, many affiliated with PEN, many of whom his 75-year-old Rushdie was a former president.

'Indomitable Champion'

"He was an indomitable champion of words and a perpetual leader of writers who were attacked for the alleged crimes of their work. No champion," said the first speaker of the day. , Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN. "Today we celebrate what Salman endured and, more importantly, what he produced: the stories, characters, tropes and images he gave to the world."

Although the rally did not include new words from Rushdie, Nossel said Rushdie was aware of the event and even offered suggestions as to what to read. Rushdie's son Zafar Rushdie, who lived with his father, tweeted that "it was wonderful to see the crowds gathering" outside the library.

"Stand With Salman" The Mayville, New York judge denied bail for 24-year-old Hadi Mathar, who is pleading not guilty to attempted murder and assault charges. While in prison, Matar told the New York Post that he despised Rushdie as anti-Muslim and expressed admiration for ayatollah.

Other readers on Friday included writer and journalist Gay Tallies, writer and former PEN President Andrew Solomon, and poet and activist Reginald Dwayne Betts. Actor Asif Mandvi, who completed Rushdie's next novel Victory City before the attack, read the following passage: Eugenides, who wrote

Pulitzer Prize-winning novels such as Middlesex, recalled a trip to London in the early 1980s. Midnight's Children, Rushdie's ground-breaking novel, was recently published at When he learned that Rushdie lived there, he decided that he wanted to meet him.The Years before Satanic Verses, and Eugenides, found his name and address in a telephone book:

"I took a tube to his house. By the way, Salman wasn't home. He was in Italy and on vacation," Eugenides said. He left a note for the law and the author.

"It was the world we used to live in," added Eugenides.