Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie, Indian-born British novelist and essayist, remains hospitalised but he has been removed from a ventilator.
His condition is improving but he suffered serious injuries to his liver, severed nerves in an arm and an eye, after being stabbed on stage during a literary event while preparing to speak last Friday, 12 August.
He has always been a supporter of freedom of expression and liberal causes. and an opponent of religious intolerance, whatever face it may assume.

Three months ago he said during a speech:
“A poem cannot stop a bullet. A novel can’t defuse a bomb… But we are not helpless… We can sing the truth and name the liars… we must work to overturn the false narrative of tyrants.”

Salman Rushdie, romanziere e saggista britannico di origine indiana, è ricoverato in ospedale ma gli è stato staccato dal respiratore.
Le sue condizioni migliorano ma ha riportato gravi lesioni al fegato, nervi recisi a un braccio e a un occhio, dopo essere stato accoltellato durante un evento letterario mentre si preparava a parlare venerdì scorso.
È sempre stato un sostenitore della libertà di espressione e delle cause liberali, e un oppositore dell’intolleranza religiosa, qualunque faccia essa possa assumere-

In un discorso tre mesi fa aveva detto:
“Una poesia non può fermare un proiettile. Un romanzo non può disinnescare una bomba… Ma noi non siamo impotenti… Possiamo cantare la verità e menzionare i bugiardi… dobbiamo lavorare per ribaltare le storie false dei tiranni”.

98 thoughts on “Salman Rushdie

  1. I feel so sorry for Rushdie who defends the freedom of speech for others and then is punished when he tries to speak. There is a sad lack of truth and morality in the world right now. The truth narrative is suppressed, while the alternative facts narrative is promoted for religious and political gain. Stay well Luisa. Allan

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  2. Luisa ! It is a sad , sad and bad news . You can’t prevent people’s freedom of expression in this way . How long will we as a man/woman remain a silent spectators like this ? Not telling the truth simply means you are accepting it . How long will it go ? I always use to say that Aristotle was absolutely wrong when he said ‘ The man is a social animal .’ Virtually , man is an animal who is still not ready to leave his animal instincts at all even at this stage of civilization . We remember those days of ‘Children Crusades’ when little children from various countries of Europe left their homes for the recovery of Jerusalem on the message of Pope . And on they way some of them were butchered , some of them fell in the hands of pirates who sold them as slaves in the slave market and very few returned to their mother land safe . Salman Rushdie appears to be the prey of such frenzy as such . I appreciate you Luisa that you have narrated the story and raised your voice so that nobody could stop the truthful voice of anybody . Thanks !

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    1. Excellent post, dear Luisa. I pray for speedy recovery of Salman Rushdie. His book ‘Satanic Verses’ has always been a topic of controversy. He has been receiving death threats for quite some time. Very apt post. It still means we aren’t completely free to air our views. Pathetic. But kudos to you for making blogging and reading blogs, a joyful activity. ♥️♥️♥️🌹🌹🌹

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    2. Thank you very much, Arbind for this valuable comment and your wise observations.
      When a religion, any religion, becomes fanaticism it loses all trace of spirituality to be only an excuse for violence and abuse

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  3. Brava, Luisa! I know that the US has become an increasingly violent nation, yet I am still appalled that after decades of living in hiding overseas, he was attacked on stage here in the States, particularly in what would typically have been a peaceful place and event. Love the quote you selected.

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  4. Ogni forma di radicalismo porta all’intolleranza e ogni intolleranza è covo di violenza. Ce lo insegna ancora oggi il fondamentalismo islamico. Sono passati trenta anni da quando Komeini ha incitato alla violenza contro chiunque non avesse condannato il libro di Rushdie, eppure la fiamma della violenza non si è spenta. Luisa hai fatto bene a pubblicare questo post: queste sono azioni che non possono passare sotto silenzio.🌹

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      1. Conoscevo la storia di Rushdie perché ne sentivo parlare e ho uno dei suoi libri ancora da leggere. Mi spiace per quello che gli è successo. Speravo che vivendo in un altro Paese avesse l’opportunità di vivere in santa pace. E, invece, purtroppo, così non è stato. Grazie mille Luisa. 🧡

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  5. Muslim fanatics have pushed many artists to exercise some auto-censorship. The sad thing is that this censorship is by some liberals translated as “respect for the Islam” while having no qualms in bashing religions with less fanatic followers. A religion that can’t absorb some satirical artistical reflection, is just a tool for thought control into the hands of power hungry clerics.

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  6. LIBERTA’ DI DIRE

    Se alla mia età mia non dico come
    la penso inutilmente assai avrei compiuto
    gli anni che ho, che sono tanti, e il nome
    di “rompiballe” invano avrei avuto.

    E invece a tutti dico or ciò che penso,
    gradevole o sgradevole che sia:
    carriera più non debbo fare, incenso
    non cerco né più temo il “Vai via!”

    Ho conquistato io a questa età
    considerazione pur da chi
    in alto sta, e quindi libertà

    di dire: “E’ così” . . . “Non è così”,
    o “Stronzo” a chi è stronzo . . . a chi ha beltà:
    “Dal Cielo fossi scesa fino a qui?”

    La prima càpita, ahiloro, spesso,
    meno la seconda, ahimè, adesso!

    Poi se lo dici in versi è meglio ancora
    per buttare i delinquenti fora,

    menzionare i guerrafondai
    fonte suprema or di lutti e guai.

    La “libertà della parola” è
    della vecchiaia l’unico vantaggio:
    pensar che altri ce ne stanno, uhè,
    a iosa ce ne vuole di coraggio!

    Sì, sì . . .parlare, ehm, come ti pare
    è il dono estremo che il Ciel può dare,
    del quale cerca tu di approfittare,
    perché mai male, ma bene può fare.

    Il vecchio è come il bimbo. A dirla in breve,
    in modo spartano e molto e crudo,
    è l’unico che pure se un po’ greve

    appare il suo parlare – e qui chiudo-
    è in grado di dir ciò che dir si deve,
    tipo gridar tra i tanti: “Il re è nudo”.

    (Cassandro)

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  7. The leaders of Iran put a contract (essentially that is what they did) on this freedom loving man. I think if we had continued to support the Shah of Iran, this would not have happened and the world would have been a better & safer place. The USA turned it’s back on one of America’s best friends in the middle east. When I was in Teheran back in 1965 and 1966, the Shah supported women’s rights. I apologize for being a little off topic, but I thought people should be reminded of the long-range implications of US government acts.

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  8. I still remember decades ago, he was threatened due to his book “Satanic Verse”. I really wanted to read it, but never get the chance to. I guess I am lazy and he is writing in his style of modernity, which i am not completely familiar with.

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