Indian-born British-American novelist Salman Rushdie is in a critical condition after being stabbed multiple times in New York State.

The 75-year-old was speaking at an event at the Chautauqua Institution when a man ran on stage and attacked him, the BBC reports.

He underwent immediate surgery and was on a ventilator and there are now fears that he may lose an eye following the devastating attack.

At the time of writing this, no charges have been made. However, police have arrested a 24-year-old suspect from New Jersey.

As people flood social media with prayers and well wishes, let’s get to know the author a little better. Who is his wife?

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Salman Rushdie isn’t married in 2022

In 2022, the novelist, who writes magical realism books set in India, is not married to anybody.

He has been quietly dating a woman called Rachel Eliza Griffiths since 2019 and they have been spotted attending many events together.

In June 2019, a source told Page Six that he was dating the 43-year-old poet and artist after they were seen celebrating his birthday in London.

They also attended a number of events in New York, including the House of SpeakEasy Gala and a National Arts Club film event.

In her Amazon bio, she describes herself as a “poet and a photographer” who has written three book series’, including the poetry collection Mule & Pear.

She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in New York.

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The novelist has been married four times

Salman, who was awarded a knighthood in 2007, has been married and divorced four times in his life.

His most recent wife, and notably the most famous, is Indian-American actress, model and TV host Padma Lakshmi.

They were married from 2004 to 2007 after meeting in 1999.

Before that, the 75-year-old was married to author and editor Elizabeth West from 1997 to 2004.

Salman was also married to American author Marianne Wiggins, who was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2004.

They wed in 1988 and remained married for five years until 1993, but she wasn’t the Midnight’s Children authors’ first wife.

In 1969, he met literary agent Clarissa Luard at a pop concert in the UK and they tied the knot seven years later in 1976.

They divorced in 1987 but remained close friends and the novelist was by her side when she died from breast cancer in 1999.

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How many children does he have?

The author had two children with two of his ex-wives, both of which are sons.

Zafar Rushdie, 42, is Salman’s son with his first wife Clarissa Luard. He was born in 1980, seven years before they divorced.

He is a PR executive who founded The Green Room Agency and is married to jazz singer Natalie Rushdie in 2022.

Salman’s second-born son is Milan Rushdie, who he shares with his ex-wife, Elizabeth West. Milan was born in 1999 and is 23-years-old in 2022.

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