The Satanic Verses

a novel

Paperback, 576 pages

English language

Published Feb. 24, 2008 by Random House Trade Paperbacks.

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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.


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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.


  • Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks, etc. -- Fiction.
  • East Indians -- England -- Fiction.
  • London (England) -- Fiction.