''To be born again, first you have to die"
On a winter's day, two men - Gibreel Farishta
and Saladin Chamcha
- fall out of an airplane. Miraculously, however, they survive the fall unscathed - except for the fact that suddenly Gibreel suddenly is spouting wings and a halo while Saladin is growing horns and hooves...
Published in 1988, The Satanic Verses is the novel that famously led to the infamous "Rushdie Affair," in which writer Salman Rushdie's...creative interpretation of Islam lead caused the Ayatollah Khomeini to issue a fatwa against his life, which still stands today. Ironically
, this has only increased the book's popularity.
Despite its title, has very little to do with Satan explicitly (the eponymous satanic verses refer to several heretical verses of the Qu'ran). Symbolically, however...
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Tropes appearing in Midnight's Children include:
- Bollywood: Farishta is a famous Bollywood actor.
- Foreign Culture Fetish}: Chamcha seems to have this for English culture, though it's not entirely unjustified.
- Magical Realism
- Offing the Offspring: Rekha Merchant pushes her children ahead of her when she commits suicide by jumping off a building.
- One Steve Limit: Hoooo boy, is this trope ever averted. Not only do some characters and key geographical locations share the same name, or deviations of the same name, they also intersect and ultimately intertwine with each other.
- Switching P.O.V./ Rotating Protagonist: There's an easily identifiable, very snarky person that's relaying the story to us as though he/she/it were a close personal friend, but we also have occasional leaps in the point of view, sometimes within several passages of a single chapter, to several of the main characters for the section. The most glaring example would be in part 6, Return to Jahilia, where, starting on page 375, the point of view briefly, and rather unexpectedly, jumps from an elderly Baal reuniting with Salman to "And Gibreel dreamed this:", back to Salman, relaying what has happened during his service during Mahound's 25-year exile.
- Self-Deprecation: One of the late disciples of Mahound, Salman, shares the same first name as the author, Salman Rushdie. On page 103, Abu Simbel, the Grandee of Jahilia, comments on this:
Abu Simbel approaches this area, halts a little way off. In the enclosure is a small group of men. The water-carrier Khalid is there, and some sort of bum from Persia by the outlandish name of Salman...