Highlights

  • Salman Rushdie taken off of the ventilator
  • Author is also speaking since Saturday
  • Writer Aatish Taseer tweeted the update which Rushdie's agent confirmed

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The Indian-born British novelist remains hospitalised with serious injuries, but fellow author Aatish Taseer tweeted on Saturday evening that he was “off the ventilator and talking.

Salman Rushdie has been taken off a ventilator and was able to talk on Saturday, his agent has confirmed.

The Indian-born British novelist remains hospitalised with serious injuries, but fellow author Aatish Taseer tweeted on Saturday evening that he was “off the ventilator and talking.

Rushdie’s agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed that information without offering further details.

Earlier on Saturday, Hadi Matar, the man suspected in Friday’s attack at a literary festival in upstate New York, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder and assault at a brief court appearance where he was denied bail.

Meanwhile, the US president Joe Biden hailed the writer’s courage and voiced horror at the attack on him.

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