New York: Viking, 1988. 1st American Edition. Hard Cover. 8vo. Fine / Fine. Item #007866
First American edition stated. Quarter black cloth, black paper boards. 547 pp. Fine. Just before dawn one winter's morning, a hijacked jetliner explodes above the English Channel. Through the falling debris, two figures, Gibreel Farishta, the biggest 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, and proceed through a series of metamorphoses, dreams, and revelations. In this great wheel of a book, where the past and future chase each other furiously, Salman Rushdie takes us on an epic journey of tears and laughter, of bewitching stories and astonishing flights of imagination, a journey toward the evil and good that lie entwined within the hearts of women and men.