Salman Rushdie: The Satanic Verses

(c) 1989; New York: Viking; ISBN 0670825379

Rushdie’s most famous, or infamous, book. This is the one that earned him the ire of orthodox Muslims the world over and laid a price on his head. Satanic Verses was banned in India in 1988 as a result of protest from some members of the Indian Muslim community,more information on the ban is available at the Univ. of Illinois at Chicago’s File Room. Since Ayatollah Khomeini’s declaration of a “fatwah” against Rushdie in 1989, he has been in hiding and his whereabouts are unknown.

Salman Rushdie was awarded the Whitbread Prize and was named Germany’s Author of the Year for Satanic Verses.

Paul Brians has an extensive set of notes on Satanic Verses which are available on the web.

Brian Finney’s essay on the novel

Reviewa at webcurrents.

Rushdie’s poem 6 March 1989 at Granta