Posted on August 16, 2022 at 7:56 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Author Salman Rushdie, who was stabbed on stage last Friday, remains off a ventilator and talking, according to the most recent media reports.

And the police investigation into why 24-year-old Hadi Matar attacked him — and how he managed to bring a knife into the venue — continues, too.

Back in 1989, Iran's leader issued a fatwa, or edict, for Rushdie's death over his novel The Satanic Verses, seen as blasphemous by some Muslims.

The country stepped back slightly from the order in 1998 but never fully rescinded it; on Monday, it denied any involvement in Friday's attack but placed the blame for it squarely on Rushdie's shoulders, reports NPR.

NPR also breaks down, in greater detail, why The Satanic Verses has so deeply offended some Muslims and follows up with the senior vice president of the Chautauqua Institution, where Rushdie was attacked, about the organization's moves going forward.

And, as you might expect, media is also looking at Rushdie's sales in the wake of this tragedy.

CNBC reports this morning that The Satanic Verses holds the top spot in Amazon's literary satire fiction and contemporary British and Irish literature lists, and at one point was 27th overall.

Last Friday, meanwhile, none of his works were in any Amazon top 100 lists.

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