London: Viking Press, 1988. First British edition. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Salman Rushdie on the title page. Light rubbing, near fine in a near fine dust jacket. A nice example. 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. "A staggering achievement, brilliantly enjoyable" (Nadine Gordimer). (Inventory #: 19085)
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