The Satanic Verses (Signed First Edition)
New York: Viking Press, 1988.
New York: Viking Press, 1988. First edition. An excellent copy of Rushdie's notorious fourth novel, signed by the author on the title page. A Near Fine copy in like dust jacket. Book with a bit of foxing on the closed text block, otherwise clean and appearing unread. Jacket with just minimal signs of wear, removed sticker from lower front flap.
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) Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. (Item #5414)