‘To be born again,’ sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, ‘first you have to die.’
The Satanic Verses was one of those books, for me. One of those you aren’t very eager to read, can easily not read for a couple of days but when you read, you stay around and take the story with you when you close the book.
The main plot is the story of Saladin and Gibreel. They survive a fall from an exploded plane, and that doesn’t leave them unchanged. Saladin seems to grow into hate and transforms into the classic image of the devil. Where’s evil, there is good and Gibreel becomes his name sake: the archangel Gabriel.
Next to their transformations there are different stories throughout the ages and continents. The start of the sharia, actor’s vanities, pilgrimage. Some are less interesting while others show Rushdie’s talent for richly detailed, colorful writing.
The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie, Picador 1988