If Ideas Had Shapes

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Tag: the satanic verses

Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses (1988)

‘He speaks to me,’ Ayesha answered, ‘in clear and memorable forms.’

…’Kindly be more specific,’ he insisted. ‘Or why should anyone believe? What are these forms?’

‘The archangel sings to me,’ she admitted, ‘to the tunes of popular hit songs.’

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Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses (1988)

‘Those who listen to the Devil’s verses, spoken in the Devil’s tongue,’ she cried, ‘will go to the Devil in the end.’

‘It’s a choice, then,’ Mirza Saeed answered her, ‘between the devil and the deep blue sea.’

Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses (1988)

The first death happened on the eighteenth day. Khadija, the tactless old lady who had been for half a century the contented and contenting spouse of Sarpanch Muhammad Din, saw an archangel in a dream. ‘Gibreel,’ she whispered, ‘is it you?’

‘No,’ the apparition replied. ‘It’s I, Azraeel, the one with the lousy job. Excuse the disappointment.’

Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses (1988)

If love is a yearning to be like (even to become) the beloved, then hatred, it must be said, can be engendered by the same ambition, when it cannot be fulfilled.

Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses (1988)

…what’s beyond forgiveness is beyond. You can’t judge an internal injury by the size of the hole.

Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses (1988)

Mahound, any new idea is asked two questions. When it’s weak: will it compromise? We know the answer to that one. And now, Mahound, on your return to Jahilia, time for the second question: How do you behave when you win? When your enemies are at your mercy and your power has become absolute: what then?

Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses (1988)

There is no bitterness like that of a man who finds out he has been believing in a ghost.

Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses (1988)

And Gibreel the archangel specified the manner in which a man should be buried, and how his property should be divided, so that Salman the Persian got to wondering what manner of God this was that sounded so much like a businessman. This was when he had the idea that destroyed his faith, because he recalled that of course Mahound himself had been a businessman, and a damned successful one at that, a person to whom organization and rules came naturally, so how excessively convenient it was that he should have come up with such a very business-like archangel, who handed down the management decisions of this highly corporate, if non-corporeal, God.

Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses (1988)

Things (being things) didn’t work out quite as planned.

Salman Rushdie – The Satanic Verses (1988)

Any new idea, Mahound, is asked two questions. The first is asked when it’s weak: WHAT KIND OF AN IDEA ARE YOU? Are you the kind that compromises, does deals, accommodates itself to society, aims to find a niche, to survive; or are you the cussed, bloody-minded, ramrod-backed type of damnfool notion that would rather break than sway with the breeze? – The kind that will almost certainly, ninety-nine times out of a hundred, be smashed to bits; but, the hundredth time, will change the world.