The Satanic Verses: A Novel

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National Geographic Books, 27.05.1997 - 576 Seiten
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“[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 its psychological truths.”—Newsday

Rushdie's fifth and best-known novel, as relevant as ever—the metamorphoses, dreams, and revelations of two men after their plane explodes in a hijacking over the English Channel.

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.

Praise for The Satanic Verses

“Rushdie is a storyteller of prodigious powers, able to conjure up whole geographies, causalities, climates, creatures, customs, out of thin air.” The New York Times Book Review

“Exhilarating, populous, loquacious, sometimes hilarious, extraordinary . . . a roller-coaster ride over a vast landscape of the imagination.” The Guardian

"Fuelled by the author's roaring prose and negotiated via his own culturally divided self, the novel is a comedic wonder, at once silly and serious, generous and provocative. . . . One of the essential novels of the last century." The Globe and Mail

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Über den Autor (1997)

SALMAN RUSHDIE is the author of fourteen novels--including Luka and the Fire of LifeGrimusMidnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker); Shame; The Satanic Verses; Haroun and the Sea of StoriesThe Moor's Last SighThe Ground Beneath Her FeetFuryShalimar the Clown; The Enchantress of FlorenceTwo Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight NightsThe Golden House; and Quichotte--and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published four works of non-fiction--Joseph AntonThe Jaguar SmileImaginary Homelands, and Step Across This Line--and coedited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.

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