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Salman Rushdie

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the-satanic-verses-salman-rushdieGibreel Farishta, Part 1, Chapter 1o be born again ... first you have to die.Sources:, The New Yorker, New York Times, SalmanRushdie.comCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.VoicesVoices identify individuals and cultures but can be deceptive.RolesActing and role playing allow characters to transform or conform.Dreams & VisionsDreams blur the line between story, delusion, and reality.MotifsSaladins English wife; has an affair after his presumed death; becomes an alcoholicPamela LovelaceBritish mountain climber; falls in love with Gibreel but is thrown off a building by himAlleluia ConeMan of many voices who takes on devilish traits; shaped by the tension between his Indian and English identitiesSaladin ChamchaVisionary dreamer who transforms from Bollywood actor to archangel; develops a love for Alleluia Cone but deteriorates mentallyGibreel FarishtaMain CharactersThe Satanic Verses propelled Rushdie to worldwide fame, not for its masterful prose and irreverent humor, but for the outrage it sparked among some Muslim readers. The protests, book burnings, and Ayatollah Khomeinis ruling calling for Rushdies death have at times overshadowed the novel itself.SALMAN RUSHDIEBORN 1947AuthorTransformations suggest that people continually evolve and are reborn.Metamorphosis & RebirthTo be an immigrant is to live in the tension between cultures and identities.Immigrant IdentityReligious and magical elements challenge easy answers about what is real. Belief & UnbeliefAs Gibreel Farishta and Saladin Chamcha fall from a plane, Farishta transforms into the archangel Gibreel and Chamcha into a devil. Their miraculous survival and change kick off the fantastical events that tell this story of faith and doubt, love and loss, injustice, and forgiveness. When the Real & the Magical CollideTHEMESEnglishOriginal Language1988Year PublishedSalman RushdieAuthorThe Satanic VersesFictionNovel

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