The Satanic Verses

Hardcover, 549 pages

English language

Published Feb. 24, 1989 by Viking.

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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 towards the sea without benefit of parachutes: 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. A miracle; but an ambiguous one, because it soon becomes apparent that curious changes are coming over them. Gibreel seems to have acquired a halo, while, to Saladin's dismay, his legs grow hairier, his feet turn into hoofs, and there are bumps burgeoning at his temples.

So begins The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie's first novel for five years.

Gibreel and Saladin have been chosen (by whom?) as protagonists …

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I versi satanici

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Era da un bel po' di tempo che I versi satanici giaceva non letto nella mia libreria. È uno di quei libri che desideravo leggere, ma ero frenata dal timore di non capirci una mazza. Mi dava l'idea di essere uno di quei libri cervellotici e allegorici che mi sarei stufata di leggere prima di capirne il significato.

In effetti, questo mio pregiudizio è in parte giustificato, in quanto I versi satanici non è quello che potremmo definire un romanzo convenzionale. In primis per l'uso disinvolto del realismo magico, che Rushdie non usa come un folklorico elemento fantastico, ma come un artificio letterario necessario a narrare la sua storia. In sintesi, succede roba strana in questo romanzo. Roba strana che ti induce a rileggere il passaggio per essere sicura di aver letto bene. Ma vi assicuro che …

Review of 'The Satanic Verses' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

I listened to a fantastic old audio book version of The Satanic Verses. Somebody digitised it from a series of old cassette tapes and put it on the internet (thank you). I am not sure if it is the voice of Salman Rushdie himself, whoever it is, I would like to thank him so much for this brilliant work. 22 hours of listening pleasure during my walks to and from work. 
I always thought that this was a very serious book. But for most parts it is hilarious. It is also long winding, and I must admit that at some parts I dozed off, simply enjoying the very pleasant sound of the narrator’s voice.


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