The Satanic Verses (1988) by Salman Rushdie
The Satanic Verses:
by Salman Rushdie
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The story in the book begins with an explosion. The story of the book threatened to end with an assassination. In between, slipping and sliding along the five hundred pages of The Satanic Verses, are puns, neologisms, Bollywood songs, Indian names, Arabic names, English distortions of Indian and Arabic names, mythical creatures, advertising jingles, bawdy verses, Koranic verses, and skinhead slogans. And although that list merely describes the book’s linguistic approach—an approach that possibly reached its perfection in an earlier work, Midnight’s Children (1981)—it indicates something of how seriously Salman Rushdie took the brief of the novel form to capture everything that might seem relevant about the world.
In some ways, it did, which explains the unlikely commercial success of what is neither an easy read
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