Title: The Satanic Verses
Publisher: U.S.A.: The Viking Press
Publication Date: 1989
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Edition: 1st Edition
547 pg. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. Book is a bit soiled at edges with very light spotting. There is an inscription on front endpaper by previous owner telling of Rushdie's death threats. Book is straight and solid. First Edition. First Printing. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-4837687752914119659
Synopsis: One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie?s best-known and most galvanizing book. Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles, the story begins with a bang: the terrorist bombing of a London-bound jet in midflight. Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil. This is just the initial act in a magnificent odyssey that seamlessly merges the actual with the imagined. A book whose importance is eclipsed only by its quality, The Satanic Verses is a key work of our times.
Review: No book in modern times has matched the uproar sparked by Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses, which earned its author a death sentence. Furor aside, it is a marvelously erudite study of good and evil, a feast of language served up by a writer at the height of his powers, and a rollicking comic fable. The book begins with two Indians, Gibreel Farishta ("for fifteen years the biggest star in the history of the Indian movies") and Saladin Chamcha, a Bombay expatriate returning from his first visit to his homeland in 15 years, plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their jetliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams and revelations. Rushdie's powers of invention are astonishing in this Whitbread Prize winner.
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