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Just before dawn one winter's morning, a hijacked jetliner explodes above the English Channel. Through the falling debris, two men--Gibreel Farishta, the biggest movie star in India, and Saladin Chamcha, an expatriate returning from his first visit to Bombay in fifteen years--plummet from the sky. Washing up on the snow-covered sands of an English beach, they proceed through a series of metamorphoses, dreams, and revelations.
The Satanic Verses is an erudite study of the evil and good entwined within the hearts of women and men, an epic journey of tears and laughter, served up by one of the most important novelists of our time. In global political terms, The Satanic Verses is one of the most controversial publications in history. It has become a symbol of free speech and courage, and the potential for fiction to affect the world.
Praise for The Satanic Verses:
"A novel of metamorphoses, hauntings, memories, hallucinations, revelations, advertising jingles, and jokes. Rushdie has the power of description, and we succumb."
--The Times (London)