Signed First Edition of “The Satanic Verses” - 1988
Rare First Edition, First Printing of the acclaimed and controversial The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. In As New unread condition, with fine dust jacket in Mylar protective cover. Obtained in person.
The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie’s fourth novel, first published in 1988 and inspired in part by the life of the prophet Muhammad. As with his previous books, Rushdie heavily used magical realism and relied heavily on contemporary events and people to create his characters. The title refers to the so-called “satanic verses”, a group of alleged Qur’anic verses that allow intercessory prayers to be made to three Pagan Meccan goddesses: Allat, Uzza, and Manat. The part of the story that deals with the “satanic verses” was based on accounts from historians al-Waqidi and al-Tabari.
In the United Kingdom, the book received positive reviews. It was a 1988 Booker Prize Finalist and won the 1988 Whitbread Award for novel of the year.
In the Muslim community, however, the novel caused great controversy for what many Muslims believed were blasphemous references. In February 1989, the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa calling on all good Muslims to kill or help kill Rushdie and his publishers. Following the fatwa, Rushdie was put under police protection by the British government. As of early 2010 Rushdie has not been physically harmed, but 38 others have been killed in violence against those connected with the book. Individual purchasers of the book have not been harmed.