25 International Covers of THE SATANIC VERSES by Salman Rushdie

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When The Satanic Verses came out 25 years ago, it quickly became one of the most talked about and controversial novels of all time. In 1989, the Ayatollah Khomeini, the spiritual leader of Iran, issued a death warrant for Rushdie, with a bounty on him of more than $2 million dollars for representations of Muhammed in the novel that were “blasphemous against Islam.”

Riots, protest, bookstore bombings, and book burnings ran through the Islamic world in reaction to the book. Of all the books, especially fiction, we are likely to see published in our lifetimes, The Satanic Verses was a global phenomenon that reminded us, sometimes violently, of the power of art to comment, critique, offend, and provoke.

It seems appropriate, then, to mark the 25th anniversary of The Satanic Verses with a collection of 25 international covers of a book that rocked the globe.

the satanic verses norweigan cover the satanic verses polish edition 1999 the satanic verses portugese edition 2008 the satanic verses portugese the satanic verses romanian edition 2007 the satanic verses slovenian 2004 the satanic verses, german, 2004 paperback the satanic verses, italian edition 1994 vintage canada cover of the satanic verses dover first american paperback the satanic verses hebrew edition the satanic verses satanic verses 2008 RH trade paperback US satanic verses hardcover first USA edition the satanic verses 1998 vintage trade paperback US the satanic verses black the satanic verses croatian 2004 the satanic verses czech 1999 the satanic verses dutch edition the satanic verses ebook the satanic verses french edition the satanic verses korean edition the satanic verses latvian cover 1999 the satanic verses lithuanian the satanic verses modern greek 2003

the satanic verses first british edition



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