Salman Rushdie said his life was ‘relatively normal’ in recent interview

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Salman Rushdie said his life was 'relatively normal' in recent interview

Salman Rushdie described his life as “relatively normal” in an interview just two weeks before an assailant stabbed him at an upstate writer’s event.

He made the pronouncement to Germany’s “Stern” magazine, which released a transcript of the interview Saturday.

The interview was conducted in Manhattan, at the office of Rushdie’s agent, and he arrived without bodyguards, the magazine noted.

Rushdie discussed the religious edict issued against him in Iran in 1989.

“A fatwa like that is a serious matter, fortunately the Internet didn’t exist back then. The Iranians had to fax the fatwa to the mosques. That was a long time ago, you know, but now my life is relatively normal again,” he said.

Local police and FBI block the area around the home of attacker Hadi Matar on Friday.
Local police and FBI block the area around the home of attacker Hadi Matar on Friday.
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Law enforcement officers  detain Matar after the attack.
Law enforcement officers detain Matar after the attack.
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He was attacked Friday on stage at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY. Hadi Matar, 24, has been charged with attempted murder.

Rushie was on a ventilator Friday and was likely to lose an eye, his agent said.

The writer admitted to “Stern” that “we live in scary times.”

Video footage shows the moments after the author was attacked on stage.
Video footage shows the moments after the author was attacked on stage.
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Blood stains mark a screen after the vicious confrontation.
Blood stains mark a screen after the vicious confrontation.
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“Even if I always tell people: Don’t be afraid. But the bad thing is, death threats have become commonplace. It’s no longer just politicians who get it, but even American teachers who go through certain books in class. Look how many guns there are in America – more guns than people. The very existence of all these weapons is frightening,” he said.

He added “I think many people today live with similar threats as I did then. And the fax machine that was used against me is like a bicycle against a Ferrari compared to the internet.”

Rushdie was rushed to the hospital via helicopter.
Rushdie was rushed to the hospital via helicopter.
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Rushdie was the subject of a religious edict in Iran in 1989.
Rushdie was the subject of a religious edict in Iran in 1989.
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Rushdie, 75, said he was frightened that the US “will lose our democracy.”

“Ever since the Supreme Court’s abortion decision, I’ve had serious concerns that the US won’t make it. That the problems are irreparable and the country is falling apart,” he said.

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