London: Viking Press, 1988. First edition. An excellent copy of Rushdie's notorious fourth novel, signed by the author on the title page. Book Fine in a very Nearly Fine dust jacket with just niggling wear at the extremities and a short, quarter-inch tear at the top of the front flap fold. Rushdie's complex, magical-realism novel in which the lives of two Indian immigrants become entangled, highlighting the purgatory experienced by many who leave one culture, but fail to gain acceptance in another. Perceived criticism of the Islamic faith resulted in a fatwa being called against Rushdie and violence against others associated with the book. Despite this, or perhaps party because of it, the book has been overwhelmingly successful.
“Salman Rushdie is a storyteller of prodigious powers, able to conjure up whole geographies, causalities, climates, creatures, customs, out of thin air.” (A. G. Mojtabai for the New York Times) Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #1706)