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Rushdie, Salman. THE SATANIC VERSES. New York City, NY: Viking Press, 1989. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 547 pages. Fine/Fine. .

The author's fourth novel. One of the greatest novels of the 20th century. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly copies that are signed on a tipped-in page. Published in a small and limited first print run, and on an occasional basis, as a hardcover original only. For the longest time, signed copies of the book were elusive (so bookplates sufficed) because Rushdie had to cancel his tour after the fatwa was issued. The book itself was eventually withdrawn by the publisher for an indefinite and prolonged period of time. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses". A sublime work of irony that remains his most controversial achievement thus far. Following mass hysteria that led to book-burning demonstrations by Muslims in Great Britain, India, and the rest of the Islamic world (for alleged blasphemy), Rushdie was sentenced to death by an edict ("fatwa") issued by the late, unlamented Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. He was forced to go into deep hiding under British secret-service protection. Although he has now lived a largely peaceful life in NYC for some time, Rushdie himself remains vigilant, and has said that he will have to watch his back for the rest of his life. Furor aside, his novel is a poetic meditation on Good versus Evil, written in the virtuoso, pyrotechnical narrative style that is now identified with him. Despite its linguistic complexity, the story itself is actually quite simple: Two Indians, Gibreel Farishta and Saladin Chamcha, plummet from the sky after their jetliner explodes. Then they go through a series of metamorphoses, dreams, and revelations, offering up to the reader a feast of Rushdie's exuberant flights of imagination and invention. One of our very few "poetic tales" that transcend the normative tradition (to borrow Harold Bloom's memorable phrase), "The Satanic Verses" has endured and will become canonical. An absolute "must-have" title for Salman Rushdie collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black ink-pen on the title page by Salman Rushdie. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page, as many copies available online are. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program (which features a lovely, full-page excerpt from Rushdie's recent book) of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a great book. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (American) still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. It is, quite simply, one of the single most beautiful signed copies we have ever seen. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws or are subsequent printings yet command as much as $12000. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize in 1981, for "Midnight's Children", which was also selected as "The Booker of Bookers" in 1993, the best of all previous winners. One of the greatest writers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER SALMAN RUSHDIE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0670825379. $200.00

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