New York: Viking, 1989.
First Edition. Hardcover. Signed by Salman Rushdie at title page. Stated First American Edition, with full number line indicating first printing. 9 1/4" X 6 5/8". 547pp. Presents nicely in protective archival sleeved dust jacket, with original price of $19.95 to front flap. Bound in black paper over boards, with spine backed in black cloth and lettered in gilt. Gentle edgewear to binding, firm and sound. Pages are clean and unmarked. A highly presentable signed first printing of Salman Rushdie's fourth novel, winner of the 1988 Whitbread Award, inspired in part by the life of prophet Muhammad, and made infamous due to its banning in India and the attempts made on the author's life after Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Supreme Leader of Iran, called for his death.
ABOUT THE SATANIC VERSES:
One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie’s 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. Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil. This is just the initial act in a magnificent odyssey that seamlessly merges the actual with the imagined. A book whose importance is eclipsed only by its quality, The Satanic Verses is a key work of our times. (publisher). Very good + / near fine. Item #8524