The satanic verses is salman rushdies fourth novel first published in 1988 and inspired in part by the life of muhammadas with his previous books rushdie used magical realism and relied on contemporary events and people to create his characters the title refers to the satanic verses a group of quranic verses that refer to three pagan meccan goddesses allt uzza and mant. A book whose importance is eclipsed only by its quality the satanic verses is a key work of our times praise for the satanic verses rushdie is a storyteller of prodigious powers able to conjure up whole geographies causalities climates creatures customs out of thin air the new york times book review. The satanic verses is vastly imaginative and creative it is a force to be reckoned with in the literary world providing you can actually get through it and theres the rub because the satanic verses is quite possibly the single most confusing piece of fiction i have ever read im just not sure what happened and after 500 pages i feel like a book should leave me with a little more than . One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written the satanic verses is salman rushdies best known and most galvanizing book set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles the story begins with a bang the terrorist bombing of a london bound jet in midflight. The satanic verses the satanic verses magic realist epic novel by british indian writer salman rushdie that upon its publication in 1988 became one of the most controversial books in recent times its fanciful and satiric use of islam struck many muslims as blasphemous and irans ayatollah ruhollah khomeini issued a fatwa against it
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