Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

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The character of the chief protagonist of The Satanic Verses is based on Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan and a bit of Rama Rao. The title refers to what are known as the satanic verses, a group of Qur'an verses that allowed for prayers of intercession to be made to three Pagan Meccan goddesses: Allāt, Uzza, and Manāt. The part of the story that deals with the "satanic verses" in the book was based on the accounts of the historians al-Waqidi and al-Tabari.

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This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 55th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  2. - Costa Book Award - Best Novel (Costa Coffee)
  3. - 50 Books to (Re-)Read at 50 (nextavenue)
  4. - The 100 Best Books in the World (AbeBooks.de (in German))
  5. - 25 acclaimed international writers choose 25 of the best books from the last 25 years (Wasafiri Magazine)

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