The Satanic Verses

By Salman Rushdie

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Just before dawn one winter's morning, a hijacked jetliner explodes above the English Channel. Through the falling debris, two figures, Gibreel Farishta, the biggest star in India, and Saladin Chamcha, an expatriate returning from his first visit to Bombay in fifteen years, plummet from the sky, washing up on the snow-covered sands of an English beach, and proceed through Just before dawn one winter's morning, a...

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1997 by Picador USA

(first published September 26th 1988)

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Quotes From "The Satanic Verses"

"Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true."
"From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable."
"Now I know what a ghost is. Unfinished business, that's what."
"What kind of idea are you? Are you the kind that compromises, does deals, accomodates itself to society, aims to find a niche, to survive; or are you the cussed, bloody-minded, ramrod-backed type of damnfool notion that would rather break than sway with the breeze? – The kind that will almost certainly, ninety-nine times out of hundred, be smashed to bits; but, the hundredth time, will change the world."
"A poet's work . . . to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep."
"Masks beneath masks until suddenly the bare bloodless skull."
"The world, somebody wrote, is the place we prove real by dying in it."
"You can't judge an internal injury by the size of the hole."

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