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One of the most controversial and infamous books of modern times

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.

Reviews

'A staggering achievement, brilliantly enjoyable' Nadine Gordimer

'A masterpiece' Sunday Times

'A novel of metamorphosis, hauntings, memories, hallucinations, revelations, advertising jingles and jokes. Rushdie has the power of description, and we succumb' The Times

'Damnably entertaining and fiendishly ingenious. One of the very few current writers whose works are attempts at the great Bible, "the bright book of life" ' London Review of Books

A great novelist, a master of perpetual storytelling.

V S Pritchett

A rollercoaster ride over a vast landscape of the imagination.

The Guardian

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Formats & editions

  • EBook

    9781409058854

    August 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    560 pages

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  • Paperback

    9780963270702

    March 6, 1998

    Vintage

    560 pages

    RRP $26.99

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