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Dear readers, today we are going to offer The Satanic Verses PDF for all of you. The Satanic Verses is one of the most controversial Magic realism novels. It is the fourth novel by Salman Rushdie. Salman Rushdie is a British Indian writer. The Satanic Verses was first published in September 1988.

It was originally written in the English language in the United Kingdom. This novel was inspired by the life of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. There are 546 pages available in this novel in the first edition. It was preceded by Shame and followed by Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

The title refers to the Satanic Verses, a group of Quranic verses that refer to three pagan Meccan goddesses: Allāt, Al-Uzza, and Manāt. The author of this novel Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is an Indian-born British-American novelist. He is also known as a very famous Writer and professor.

The Satanic Verses PDF: Overview

Author Salman Rushdie
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Magic realism
Published 1988
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 546 (first edition)
ISBN 0-670-82537-9
OCLC 18558869
Dewey Decimal
823/.914
LC Class PR6068.U757 S27 1988
Preceded by Shame
Followed by Haroun and the Sea of Stories

The Satanic Verses Book Summary

  • The complex and multilayered plot focuses on two protagonists, both Indian Muslims living in England. Gibreel Farishta is a successful film actor who has suffered a recent bout of mental illness and who is in love with an English mountain climber, Alleluia Cone.
  • Saladin Chamcha is a voice actor who has had a falling out with his father. Gibreel and Saladin meet on a flight from Bombay (Mumbai) to London, and the plane is hijacked by Sikh terrorists. During an argument the terrorists accidently detonate a bomb, destroying the aircraft over the English Channel. The book opens with Gibreel and Saladin, the sole survivors, falling into the Atlantic Ocean.
  • As Gibreel descends, he is transformed into the angel Gabriel and has a series of dreams. The first one is a revisionist history of the founding of Islam, and it is the details of this subplot that angered many Muslims. The character based on Muhammad is called Mahound, and he is attempting to found a monotheistic religion in the polytheistic town of Jahilia.
  • As in an apocryphal legend, Mahound receives a vision allowing the worship of three goddesses, but, after realizing that the confirming revelation was sent by the devil, he recants. A quarter century later one of his disciples ceases to believe in Mahound’s religion, but the town of Jahilia converts.
  • Prostitutes in a brothel take the names of Mahound’s wives before the brothels are closed. Later Mahound falls ill and dies, with his final vision being of one of the goddesses.
  • Saladin is transformed into the devil as he falls, and he later grows horns and goat legs with cloven hoofs. The two men crawl onto the coast, and Saladin is arrested as an illegal immigrant. After being hospitalized, he escapes, only to find that his wife is having an affair with one of his friends.
  • His misfortunes continue as he loses his job. However, his rage at Gibreel for failing to intervene when he was arrested eventually transforms Saladin back into a fully human man. In the meantime, Gibreel is reunited with Alleluia, but an angel tells him to leave her and spread the word of God in London. He is hit by the car of an Indian film producer, who plans a trio of religious films in which Gibreel will star as an archangel. Later, Gibreel and Saladin meet at a party, and Saladin decides to kill him.
  • However, although he has various opportunities, he does not murder Gibreel and instead induces him to believe that Alleluia has several lovers. Gibreel eventually realizes that Saladin has tricked him and resolves to kill him. However, when Gibreel finds Saladin in a burning building, he rescues him. Upon learning that his father is dying, Saladin returns to Bombay and reconciles with him.
  • He inherits a substantial sum of money and reconnects with a former girlfriend. Separately, Gibreel and Alleluia also travel to Bombay, and a jealous Gibreel murders her and then kills himself.
  • A third storyline is introduced through another dream of Gibreel’s. It begins in the village of Titlipur, where a young girl named Ayesha and her adoptive parents, Mirza Saeed Akhtar and his wife, Mishal, live. Ayesha declares that the angel Gabreel has revealed to her that Mishal has breast cancer but that if the entire village walks to Mecca, Mishal will be healed.
  • The pilgrimage is long and arduous, and many pilgrims die along the way. Others lose faith. When they reach the sea, Ayesha says that the seas will part for them, but they do not, and the pilgrims drown.

The Satanic Verses Controversy Explained

In 1988, Salman Rushdie published ‘The Satanic Verses’ — one of the most controversial books in recent literary history — and since then, life has never been the same for the author. The book not only sparked angry protests but also a fatwa against Rushdie by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khomeini, asking for the author’s killing.

But why was The Satanic Verses so controversial? And why does it still whip up such a sentiment?

Rushdie’s book, in dream sequences, challenges and sometimes seems to mock some of the most sensitive tenets of Muslim religious beliefs. In ‘The Satanic Verses, one of the main characters Gibreel Farishta has a series of dreams in which he becomes his namesake, the angel Gibreel, the Independent explained.

Gibreel, in these dreams, meets another central character in ways that seem similar to Islam’s traditional account of how the angel met Prophet Muhammad. To make matters worse, the author chose a provocative name for Prophet Muhammad, with the novel’s version calling him Mahound – a moniker sometimes used during the Middle Ages by Christians who considered him a “devil”.

This angered the community which considered that the author, through his fictional retelling of the birth of Islam’s key events, implied that Prophet Muhammad is himself the source of revealed truths and not God. The apparent “distortion” of the Quran also angered Muslims.

About The Author of The Satanic Verses

Born Ahmed Salman Rushdie
19 June 1947 (age 75)
Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India (now Mumbai, Maharashtra, India)
Occupation
  • Writer
  • professor
Citizenship
  • United Kingdom
  • United States (since 2016)
Education King’s College, Cambridge (BA)
Genre
  • Magic realism
  • satire
  • postcolonialism
Subject
  • Historical criticism
  • travel writing
Notable awards
  • Booker Prize
    1981 Midnight’s Children
  • Ordre des Arts et des Lettres – Commandeur
    1999
  • Knight Bachelor
    2007
Spouse
Clarissa Luard

(m. 1976; div. 1987)​
Marianne Wiggins​

(m. 1988; div. 1993)​
Elizabeth West​

(m. 1997; div. 2004)​
Padma Lakshmi​

(m. 2004; div. 2007)​

Children 2
Relatives Natalie Rushdie (daughter-in-law)
  • The full name of Salman Rushdie is Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie CH FRSL.
  • He was born on 19 June 1947 in Bombay during the British Raj, into an Indian Kashmiri Muslim family.
  • Salman Rushdie grew up in Bombay and was educated at the Cathedral and John Connon School in Fort, South Bombay.
  • Before moving to England from India to attend the Rugby School in Rugby, Warwickshire, and then King’s College, Cambridge, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.
  • He is an Indian-born British-American novelist.
  • His work often combines magical realism with historical fiction and primarily deals with connections, disruptions, and migrations between Eastern and Western civilizations.
  • His father’s name is Anis Ahmed Rushdie who was a Cambridge-educated lawyer-turned-businessman, and Negin Bhatt. His father was a teacher.
  • He wrote in his 2012 memoir that his father adopted the name Rushdie in honour of Averroes (Ibn Rushd).

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