The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie

August 13, 2009 at 11:50 pm 1 comment

5191swzdhslzt5 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.



Entry filed under: Fiction, Salman Rushdie.

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  • 1. infloox  |  August 14, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I very much enjoyed your post and just wanted to mention how Rushdie took some inspiration from James Joyce’s “Gabriel” in creating his own “Gibreel”. I just added to my blog about Rushdie’s literary influences and put up a interview video clip too. please have a look! 🙂


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