The Satanic Verses

by Rushdie, Salman

The Satanic Verses is a novel written by Salman Rushdie, published in 1988. It weaves together multiple narratives and explores themes of identity, religion, and cultural conflict, including the idea of cultural hybridity and the ways in which individuals negotiate their identities in a multicultural world. 

The novel begins with a fictionalized version of the true story of the hijacking of an airplane from Bombay to London, which ends with the two main characters, Gibreel and Saladin, miraculously surviving a fall from the plane. The rest of the novel takes place in a dream-like state that turns the work into a magical realism novel. 

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie was criticized by many conservative groups, which defined the book as blasphemous and offensive to Islam. Rushdie was even the subject of a fatwa, or religious edict, calling for his death. Due to the controversies that led to its publication, The Satanic Verses has been banned in several countries such as Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. 

First Edition Identification

The Satanic Verses book was first published in London in 1988 by Viking. The first edition had a price of  £12.95, and copies with the original wraparound band are very scarce. It was bound in blue cloth with lettering to the spine in gilt. The original unclipped dust jacket was also navy with lettering in red.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

Despite the controversy, The Satanic Verses remains a significant work of postcolonial literature and is considered by many to be one of the most important novels of the twentieth century, making it very desirable in the book collecting market. Besides first editions and signed copies, another notable edition of Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses is the first American edition (New York; Viking, 1989).

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Uncorrected Advance Proof Copy; Near Fine in wraps. SIGNED by the author on the half title page (the book has no title page as issued). A unique collectible for the Rushdie fan; the uncorrected proof is scarce in the marketplace, particularly signed. Near Fine with some mild rubbing and creasing to the edges and light soiling to the exterior text… Read more about this item
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New York: The Viking Press, 1989. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Book condition is Very Good+; with a Very Good+ dust jacket. Weak smudge to bottom page edges. Text is clean and unmarked. First American Edition is stated. ; Signed by the author, Salman Rushdie, on the title page; 9.10 X 6.40 X 1.70 inches; 560 pages.
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The Satanic Verses - A Comprehensive Collection of Rushdie's Own Annotated Photostat Transcript, Proof, Signed Booker/First Edition with Whitbread Band and Signed First Edition in the rare Purple Dust Wrapper
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London: Viking, 1988. A set of four items relating to one of the most controversial books of the last century. Consisting: 'Transcript of the novel - photosstat copies of typed pages - from Wylie, Aitken & Stone Literary Agents, London, 1988. Pre-publication, literary agent's US and UK details to the title page. The work is a 616 A4 page… Read more about this item
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New York, New York, U.S.A.: The Viking Press, 1989. First Edition First Printing . Hardcover. Near Fine/Fine. A FIRST EDITION, First Printing of Rushdie's controversial masterpiece from 1989. With a quarter black cloth-wrapped spine brightly lettered in gilt to spine & black paper over the remaining boards, this hardcover is in Near Fine condition: only flaw is extremely… Read more about this item
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London: Viking, 1988. A first edition, first printing published by Viking in 1988. Booker Prize shortlist. A near fine book with one small name to the front endpaper - in a very good unclipped wrapper with a little sunning to the spine and to the front cover. Becoming scarce.
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London: Viking, 1988. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. A first edition, first impression, of the controversial novel by this iconic author. Very good in price clipped wrapper which is sunned to spine area. Previous owner's name neatly written to corner of ffep. A first edition, first impression, of… Read more about this item
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