Salman Rushdie described his life as “comparatively regular” in an interview simply two weeks earlier than an assailant stabbed him at an upstate author’s occasion.
He made the pronouncement to Germany’s “Stern” journal, which launched a transcript of the interview Saturday.
The interview was carried out in Manhattan, on the workplace of Rushdie’s agent, and he arrived with out bodyguards, the journal famous.
Rushdie mentioned the non secular edict issued in opposition to him in Iran in 1989.
“A fatwa like that could be a severe matter, happily the Web didn’t exist again then. The Iranians needed to fax the fatwa to the mosques. That was a very long time in the past, you realize, however now my life is comparatively regular once more,” he stated.
He was attacked Friday on stage on the Chautauqua Establishment in Chautauqua, NY. Hadi Matar, 24, has been charged with tried homicide.
Rushie was on a ventilator Friday and was prone to lose an eye fixed, his agent stated.
The author admitted to “Stern” that “we reside in scary occasions.”
“Even when I all the time inform individuals: Don’t be afraid. However the unhealthy factor is, dying threats have turn out to be commonplace. It’s now not simply politicians who get it, however even American academics who undergo sure books in school. Look what number of weapons there are in America – extra weapons than individuals. The very existence of all these weapons is scary,” he stated.
He added “I believe many individuals right this moment reside with related threats as I did then. And the fax machine that was used in opposition to me is sort of a bicycle in opposition to a Ferrari in comparison with the web.”
Rushdie, 75, stated he was frightened that the US “will lose our democracy.”
“Ever because the Supreme Court docket’s abortion resolution, I’ve had severe considerations that the US received’t make it. That the issues are irreparable and the nation is falling aside,” he stated.