The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie (early printing)

Salman Rushdie

Published by Viking Press in 1989.

Twelfth Printing

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An early American edition, twelfth printing, of Rushdie’s fourth novel, The Satanic Verses. Original dust jacket, unclipped. Two-tone quarter black spine with lighter black paper boards. Minimal foxing at edges around, soiling of jacket flaps.

Just before dawn one winter’s morning, a hijacked jumbo jet blows apart high above the English Channel. Through the debris of limbs, drinks trolleys, memories, blankets, and oxygen masks, two figures fall toward the sea: Gibreel Farishta, India’s legendary movie star, and Saladin Chamcha, the man of a thousand voices, self-made self and Anglophile supreme. Clinging to each other, singing rival songs, they plunge downward, and are finally washed up, alive, on the snow-covered sands of an English beach.

Their survival is a miracle, but an ambiguous one, as Gibreel acquires a halo, while, to Saladin’s dismay, his own legs grow hairier, his feet turn into hooves, and hornlike appendages appear at his temples.

Gibreel and Saladin have been chosen (by whom?) as opponents in the eternal wrestling match between Good and Evil. But which is which? Can demons be angelic? Can angels be devils in disguise? As the two men tumble through time and space toward their final confrontation, we are witness to a cycle of tales of love and passion, of betrayal and faith: the story of Ayesha, the butterfly-shrouded visionary who leads an Indian village on an impossible pilgrimage; of Alleluia Cone, the mountain climber haunted by a ghost who urges her to attempt the ultimate feat—a solo ascent of Everest; and, centrally, the story of Mahound, the Prophet of Jahilia, the city of sand—Mahound, the recipient of the revelation in which satanic verses mingle with the divine.

In this great wheel of a book, where the past and the future chase each other furiously, Salman Rushdie takes us on an epic journey of tears and laughter, of bewitching stories and astonishing flights of the imagination, a journey toward the evil and good that lie entwined within the hearts of women and of men.

SALMAN RUSHDIE is the author of the novels Grimus, Midnight’s Children (winner of the 1981 Booker Prize), and Shame (winner of the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger), and of The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey. Born in Bombay in 1947, he lived in London at the time of this publication. His books were translated into twenty languages.


Published by: Viking Press

Location published: New York

Year published: 1989

Edition: Twelfth Printing


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