The Satanic Verses

”’To be born again,’ sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, ‘first you have to die. Ho ji! Ho ji! To land upon the bosomy earth, first one needs to fly. Tat-taa! Taka-thun! How to ever smile again, if first you don’t cry? How to win the darling’s love, mister, without a sigh? Baba, if you want to get born again… ‘  Just before the dawn one winter morning, New Year’s Day or thereabouts, two real, full-grown, living men fell from a great height, twenty-nine thousand and two feet, towards the English Channel, without benefit of parachutes, out of a clear sky”

– Salman Rushdie, The Saatanic Verses.

Salman Rushdie‘s The Satanic Verses (1988) is the story of Bollywood superstar Gibreel Farishta, and Saladin Chamcha, ‘man of a thousand voices’, who magically survive an explosion in a highjacked aircraft, and are washed up on the beaches of England.

The novel owes much to Mikhail Bulgakov‘s satirical Russian novel The Master and Margarita (1967).



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