The Satanic Verses

Just before dawn one winter morning, a hijacked jetliner explodes above the English Channel. Through the falling debris, two men — Gibreel Farishta, the biggest movie star in India, and Saladin Chamcha, an expatriate returning from his first visit to Bombay in fifteen years — plummet from the sky. Washing up on the snow-covered sands of an English beach, they proceed through a series of metamorphoses, dreams, and revelations.

The Satanic Verses is a wonderfully erudite study of the evil and good intertwined within the hearts of women and men, an epic journey of tears and laughter, served up by a writer at the height of his powers.