The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie


Two Indian men fall out of a plane before turning into an angel and a devil. The angel has dreams; of a village pilgrimage that can only go wrong, of a prophet tempted to compromise his core doctrine. The devil is imprisoned, impoverished, and just plain inconvenient for his unusually tolerant friends. With genius wordplay, esoteric literary allusions, and references that I think would only make sense if you live in India, Salman Rushdie has crafted a masterful exploration of Indian culture, religion and reality.

This book could also form the basis of a brilliant Persona game. Still, Satanic Verses is so intense that I’d only recommend it for anyone looking for a suitable challenging text for their university curriculum and hard-core readers. Specifically, anyone who genuinely enjoys Thomas Pynchon.


2 thoughts on “The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie

  1. I loved this book, it has such intense writing that snatches you from reality and pulls you into its magical depths. I think you’re right though, you need to be in the mood for a challenge. Great review!

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