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Authors ‘side with Sir Salman Rushdie’ protect creative freedom

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Tina Brown is one of the writers in solidarity with Sir Salman Rushdie defending the freedom to write – a week after the world-renowned author was stabbed.

Salman’s closest friends and colleagues came together to the steps of the New York Public Library on Friday to read texts from his work.

Suzanne Nossel, chief executive officer of Pen America, which organizes events with Penguin Random House, said: “When a killer is going to stab Salman Rushdie’s neck with a knife, he’s not just stabbing a house in the flesh. famous literature.

“He moves through time, making us all realize that the horrors of the past come back hauntingly.

“Today, we gather to stand with Salman, our stalwart teammate, who is suffering from the pain of a 33-year-old woman. A declaration of a war that never ends.”

Ms Nossel, who noted that Sir Salman was following the live stream of the event from a Pennsylvania hospital, said: “Even a blade cannot steal Salman Rushdie’s voice, not for a minute, certainly not must be in a week.”

She added: “We will celebrate Salman for what he has suffered, but more importantly for what he has created. The stories, characters, metaphors, and images he gave the world.

“Perhaps above all, we praise Salman’s perseverance, his creative perseverance, his perseverance in the face of danger, his perseverance in place of ideals and principles. which we must recognize.”

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British-Indian novelist Sir Salman was about to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institute in New York state on August 12 when he was attacked.

The 75-year-old, whose novel Verses of the Devil led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, suffered liver damage and severed nerves in an arm and an eye.

British author and journalist Tina Brown, who has written The Palace Papers, The Diana Chronicles and The Vanity Fair Diaries, says: “Salman, my dear old friend.

“I am proud to stand here for you today because you have stood up so much over the past 33 years.

“You were never asked to play a hero, you just wanted to be left alone to write. But it is with perseverance that you have defended freedom of speech. You are a hero and have paid a terrible price.

“I wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to telling you in person how much your fight means to all of us here today.”

Hari Kunzru, who read the opening of The Satanic Verses, said: “I am here as a friend of Salman.

“Salman once wrote that the writer’s role is to name the unnamed, point out the crooks, take sides, start an argument, shape the world, stop it from going to sleep.

“And that is why we are here.

“Because we owe it to him to stay sane and use our words to shape the world.”

American novelist Jeffrey Eugenides reads Sir Salman’s novel Midnight’s Children, while Gay Talese reads from The Golden House and AM Homes reads On Censorship from Sir Salman’s 2012 Freedom of Writing lecture.

American poet Reginald Dwayne Betts, who has read Sir Salman’s The Power of the Pen, said: “I’m here because Salman Rushdie’s words mattered.”

While Siri Hustvedt, who read Joseph Anton: A Memoir, said: “I am reading in honor of a dream.”

Iranian-American poet Roya Hakakian read Sir Salman’s 1990 novel Haroun And The Sea Of Stories, while Irish writer Colum McCann read Out Of Kansas.

Before reading her text, novelist Amanda Foreman asked the crowd to shout Sir Salman’s name three times and wave their signs in the air.

Sir Salman’s son, Zadar Rushdie, shared a photo of the growing crowd at Friday’s event.

He wrote on Twitter: “Great to see a crowd gathered outside @nypl today for @PENamerica #StandWithSalman @SalmanRushdie.”

At the end of the event, the crowd and contributors took a photo on the steps of the New York Library with the words “Stand with Salman,” which they also chanted.

On Thursday, the man accused of stabbing Sir Salman pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault.

Hadi Matar, 24, of Fairview, New Jersey, appeared at an afternoon hearing at Chautauqua District Court in New York after being indicted by a jury.

Judge David Foley denied Matar bail, according to court papers.

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