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Satanic Verses, the (1988) [Novel]
by Salman Rushdie Rating: Weighted - 7.0 / Average - 7.0 of 10 (19 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary :

Just before dawn one winter's morning, a hijacked jetliner explodes above the English Channel. Through the falling debris, two men-Gibreel Farishta, the biggest movie star in India, and Saladin Chamcha, an expatriate returning from his first visit to Bombay in fifteen years-plummet from the sky. Washing up on the snow-covered sands of an English beach, they proceed through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations.

Original title: The Satanic Verses
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionFantasyLiterary FantasyMagical Realism


  • In 1989, Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa calling for the author's death due to the perceived blasphemy of the book
  • The translator of the Japanese language edition of the book was murdered

Edition #1: Satanic Verses, the

Satanic Verses, the (1988)
Awards: Whitbread Book Award: Best Novel (1988)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Salman Rushdie is a storyteller of prodigious powers, able to conjure up whole geographies, casualties, climates, creatures, customs, out of thin air." A.G. Mojtabai, The New York Times Book Review
  • "[A] torrent of endlessly inventive prose, by turns comic and enraged, embracing life in all its contradictions. In this spectacular novel, verbal pyrotechnics barely outshine it psychological truths." Dan Cryer, Newsday
  • "An exhilarating, populous, loquacious, sometimes hilarious, extraordinary novel. A roller-coaster ride over a vast landscape of the imagination." Angela Carter, The Guardian
  • "A novel of metamorphoses, hauntings, memories, hallucinations, revelations, advertising jingles, and jokes. Rushdie has the power of description, and we succumb." Victoria Glendinning, The Times (London)
  • "A staggering achievement, brilliantly enjoyable." Nadine Gordimer
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