Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses (1988)

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The Satanic Verses is a novel written by Sir Salman Rushdie and first published by Viking in 1988. The story's main plot (Books 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) evolves around two Indian actors, Gibreel Farishta and Saladin Chamcha, who fall to earth in England after a terrorist induced plane explosion. The subplots deal with the story of Muhammad (Books 2 and 6) and the Indian village Titlipur (Books 4 and 8). The publication of the book lead to accusations of blasphemy, book burnings and demonstrations, a fatwa issued against Rushdie by the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the death of a Japanese translator and serious injuries of others involved with the publication.


Further Reading

  • Fowler, Bridget. "A Sociological Analysis of the Satanic Verses Affair." Theory, Culture & Society. 17:1 (2000), pp. 39-61.
  • Ruthven, Malise. A Satanic Affair: Salman Rushdie and the Wrath of Islam [1990]. London: The Hogarth Press, 1991.
  • Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. "Reading The Satanic Verses." Public Culture 2.1 (1989 Fall).
  • Lisa Appignanesi and Sara Maitland (Ed). The Rushdie File. London: Fourth Estate, 1989.