After hours of surgery, the novelist Salman Rushdie is still in serious condition from being stabbed twice at a public appearance in New York on Friday night. He is likely to lose an eye, has suffered nerve damage to his arm and wounds to his liver. He is on a ventilator and unable to speak, according to his agent. Hadi Matar of Fairview New Jersey, who was captured at the scene, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder, his court-appointed lawyer reported. Rushdie had lived in fear for years after Iran’s revolutionary leader Ayatollah Khomeini had issued a $3m bounty for his “execution” after the publication of Satanic Verses.