Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Šėtoniškos eilės” as Want to Read:
Šėtoniškos eilės
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Šėtoniškos eilės

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  36,781 Ratings  ·  2,585 Reviews
Skandalingosios S. Rushdie „Šėtoniškos eilės“ jau Lietuvoje. 1947 m. Bombėjuje gimęs Salmanas Rushdie 1961 m. atvyko į Angliją ir Kembridže studijavo istoriją. Išgarsėjo visame pasaulyje 1981 m. parašęs romaną „Vidurnakčio vaikai“.

1988m. pasirodė romanas „Šėtoniškos eilės“, kuris iškart buvo uždraustas 9 šalyse. Irano ajotala Chomeinis paskelbė S. Rudžiui fatvą – mirties n
Hardcover, 524 pages
Published 2002 by Alma littera (first published 1988)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Riku Sayuj

Satanic Verses: A Composition

He had just finished his thirty-fourth reading of the play. The unsaid hate, the unseen events, the half-imagined wrongs; they tormented him. What could cause such evil to manifest, he just could not figure. He loved him too much to believe the simple explanation.

And then the idea starts growing on him - to explore the growth of evil just as Shakespeare showed, explored the tragic culmination of it. And because you show the growth, it can no longer be a tragedy, no,
Petra X
I never got past page 60 in this book. I read and forgot and reread and forgot again up unto about the fifth reading when I thought to myself that I might rate Midnight's Children as one of the greatest books I've read, enjoyed the depiction of Benazir Bhutto as the Virgin Ironpants in Shame a great deal, but I also couldn't read Shalimar the Clown and thought that Grimus was excreble (not even Rushie rated this first offering of his oeuvre). So what was I doing trying so hard with the Satanic V ...more
Max Ostrovsky
Occasionally, I will go into Half Price Books and buy a book that hasn't been recommended by any one I know, by an author I've never read before, solely because of its "critical acclaim." I buy and read a book because I feel that I should, based on the general public's reaction to it.

It is a weakness.

Many months ago, I decided to buy Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses. My decision was based on the controversy surrounding the book. It was thought to be so controversial, so blasphemous, that Ay
Jul 16, 2015 Manny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the archives: September 27 1988

The Satanic Verses, the controversial first draft of the Quran recently discovered after spending 1379 years in a safe deposit box, finally appeared yesterday to a mixed reception.

"Wheeeeee! I'm so excited!!" said one fan who had spent all night lining up outside her local Barnes & Noble. "A new book by Allah! Can you believe it?!"

Other readers are however less enthusiastic about the novel, and take exception to its portrayal of the much-loved character
Here's the thing about this book that you will immediately grasp from what everyone says: it's a beast. I do not mean this in a bad sense. I mean this in the sense that it's overwhelming. It's long, complex (storylines that involve overlapping characters and storylines that don't overlap in time or space at all), dense and occasionally slow. It is not for the reader with ADD. No matter how quickly you think you might read, reading this book will slow you down. No matter how determined you are to ...more
يقول المفكر البريطانى رولد ديهل
ان هذا النمط من اثارة الحساسية قد اوصل كتبا غير متميزة على الاطلاق الى قمة الكتب الاكثر مبيعا فى العالم ولكن فى نظرى هذه طريقة رخيصة للوصول للهدف وفى نظرى انه انتهازى خطير
ديلى نيوز مارس 1989

كتاب ايات شيطانية يدل على احد امرين اما الجهل المطبق بالاسلام والمسلمين او تعمد تشويهه بغير حق

فى اعلان عن كنيسة كانتربرى فى انكلترا يقول الدكتور روبرت رونسى

ان فاقد القدرة على تمييز الحق هو وحده الذى يخفق فى ان يرى ان نشر هذا الكتاب قد اساء للمسلمين فى كل انحاء العالم واعتقد ان ا
May 31, 2014 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
People jumping into this book blindly may soon find themselves wishing they had informed themselves somewhat beforehand. I must claim an embarrassing ignorance about just about every aspect of this daunting work at the outset: I had only the faintest whisper of a memory of having heard the phrase "satanic verses" outside of a discussion of the ever-present religiously-sanctioned hit out on the author's life. I had very little knowledge of Indian culture and none regarding the cross-cultural expe ...more
Sep 09, 2007 Johanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Magical Realism Fans, Neil Gaiman fans, studiers and enthusiasts of post-colonial politics
This book is not for the faint of heart. It is overwhelming in terms of plot, imagery, and its large cast of characters. However, it is completely worth it and it flows beautifully once you get in tune with the book. I bought the Satanic Verses when I was 17 and I was not ready for it--I read 15 pages and then put it away. I picked it up again 7 years later and could not put it down.

There is much packed into this book. One would have to read it many many times to get the full meaning
I'm giving this four stars because I acknowledge the importance of what this book has to say. The importance does not outweigh the fact that Rushdie does the "oh look how badly they treat women they must be bad!" dance while amassing almost a dozen girlfriends in the refrigerator and a couple personas whose bad ass character definition is completely subsumed by their (male) lover's plot lines, but stands alongside it, equally worthy of mention. It's a balancing of my importance as a self with my ...more
Jul 19, 2007 Victoria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Someone with a lot of patience
I have decided that it's time for me to leave this book. I have tried to stick with it. It jumps around way to much, has too many moments of abstract non-sensical story inserts and I often feel as though I have ADD when I pick it up. I always have to read the last few pages I read the time before in hopes of refreshing myself for the current reading session. Unfortunately because the book is so abstract, new characters constantly appear as if they have been there all along, causing immediate dis ...more
Apr 20, 2010 Rich rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Salman Rushdie uses excessive language to cloud discordant plots, has a part-time occupation of scouring the news to write op-eds about evil Muslim organizations he reads about, and is obsessed with celebrity.

Rushdie strangles his plot in The Satanic Verses by hitching every development to a forced and unnecessarily long description or metaphor. His overwriting prevents the development of narrative flow. He even returns to more metaphors about the same topic sometimes, like when he writes about
Sep 11, 2015 Ghofran rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pdf
واحدة أخرى من الروايات التي تمثل القيء الفكري بكل معانيه وكأن الرجل أبى أن يحمل كل هذا الوسخ بداخله فتقيئه علينا في شكل رواية
فهو لم يعتدي فيها على الإسلام فقط بل على كل الديانات السماوية ولكن كان للإسلام ونبيه عليه افضل الصلاة والسلام النصيب الأكبر
فدائما كان وسيظل الإسلام شوكة فى حلق أمثاله
ممن كانوا إفراز نتن للثقافة والدعم الغربي ولنحطاط ولسذاجة الفكر الإلحادي فهذا فكر لم يعمي أصحابه فقط عن الايمان والأديان فالله الغني عنهم وعن إيمانهم ولكنه طمس على عقولهم وأصابها بحالة تيبس باتت غير قادرة ح
Jan 04, 2008 Sheba rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't really review Rushdie's work. I don't understand everything he writes about. But I do love him because his language and his prose and his stories are just so Indian.

He writes lushly, extravagantly, with story tripping over story, subplot over sub sub plot. Characters tromp through with no regard for their antecedents. The colors are candy pink, good luck red, and Aegean blue, and everything is crashing and tumbling into each other.

And on top, his stories are amusing, mischievous, clever,
Sep 22, 2007 Lily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Life is too short to endure bad fiction.

The story started out interesting enough, with the characters literally falling out of the sky. It took me a awhile to get into the story, but I finally did. The problem was that every time you managed to get a hold of the basic underlying narrative it would evaporate and be replaced by a nonsensical dream sequence. The transitions between the two realities was so seamless that you frequently find yourself lost. Add all of that to the fact that you are try
Dec 10, 2007 Stanka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm doing my best not to think "Here goes Rushdie again." I never read this one before although I read every other book he ever wrote. And now, to fill the gap, I am stuck with the last unread jewel, except that it's somehow lackluster because Salman doesn't age or accumulate well. I mean, the more you read him the more he sounds the same. And has this ever happened to you: that you discover in a writer just a wisp of too much wit and it's wit that bores you?
Yes, I'm reading on, with strange com
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
دوستانِ خردگرا، به نظرم 2 ستاره هم برایِ این کتاب زیاد بود
متاسفانه با گنده کردنِ موضوعِ این کتابِ مسخره توسطِ خمینی و عده ای ایرانیِ عرب پرست و نادان، تنها و تنها مردمِ سرزمینم خسارت دیدند
بله عزیزانم، با محکوم کردن و حلال کردنِ خون « سلمان رشدی»، باعث شدند که این مرد ناشناس و رمان نویس، به شهرتِ جهانی دست پیدا کنه، و از طرفِ ملکۀ انگلستان لقبِ «سِر» را دریافت کند... بله، با این حکم، سلمان رشدی میلیونها دلار از فروش همین کتاب در حسابِ مبارکشان رفت... پول سرزمینِ من خرجِ هزاران هزار طاقۀ پارچه شد،

When the Danish Cartoon crisis erupted, I immediately went out and bought a copy of this book... though I'm afraid I didn't then go and read it in public places, as I should have done. It is indeed extravantly disrespectful towards the Prophet, as everyone knows. What's somewhat less well-known is that it's also very disrespectful towards a figure who sure looks a lot like the late Ayatollah Khomeini. I wonder whether this wasn't the real reason for the fatwa? No doubt it has already been discus
Jr Bacdayan
Aug 31, 2014 Jr Bacdayan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What kind of idea are you?

This question, scattered throughout the pages of this novel, is the intermediary between the author and his work. A waterloo of sorts, a windbreaker giving rise to the question of the material’s purpose. It gives us some sort of glimpse as to why he chose to name it “Satanic Verses”, insight to all its diabolical implications, and some sort of motive as to why it is disrespectful to Islam and the Prophet. So what kind of an idea is this? In turn, what kind of idea are w
Dec 10, 2008 Ellie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was massively underwhelmed by this. I have put off and put off reading it, and then I was told by a friend that it was her favourite book, so I thought I'd give it a go, and frankly I wish I hadnt bothered.

I found the writing pretentious, with very little story. It has the potential to be brilliant, as the bones of it is good, but there is so much waffle, rubbish and unnessessary wording that it fast becomes tedious and irritatnig.

That said its made him very rich, so good on him!
I have been trying to read this book day by day by day and just cannot get into it. I tried when it was published, put it aside for another day. Tried again many years later. This will have to be my pen-ultimate effort, I hope.

The writing is well done. Eloquent. Impressive. But apart from that there's nothing else gripping me to a point where I want to leave everything else and bed down with this book. The subject simply does not mesmerize me enough.

Will try again later.
Sep 05, 2012 Rohan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an adolescent stepping out into the world of the big, burly and heavily mustachioed men(the men at the library), I was constantly in awe of the books at the top shelf that were territory wise out of bounds for my then miniscule self. Salman Rushdie hence stood on top of a pedestal for many years both literally and figuratively. As the tide of time caught up with me (and the little library in my town which still retained the old faces behind the desks probably with a tinge of grey in their hai ...more
Oct 20, 2008 محمد rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
الرواية فعلا مثيرة ، الاستطراد سمة أساسية في الرواية ، الخلط بين الثقافة الاسلامية و الهندية للأبطال واضح ، أيضا فكرة التناسخ ترد في فقرات كثيرة ، على المستوى الحقيقي و الخيالي
الاجزاء التي تحكي قصة النبي محمد ستغضب أي مسلم معتدل ، هناك الكثير من الأحداث المختلقة ، و لا تقف الأجزاء الصادمة عند قصة الغرانيق الشهيرة فقط ، هناك الكثير من الأفعال التي يقوم بها الصحابة ، مجتزأه من احداث وردت في السيرة ، او مختلقة تماما
في بعض الأحيان ألاحظ ان المترجم حذف بعض الجمل ، رغبة في الاختصار ، و مع ذلك فسلمان ر
Mar 18, 2014 Stela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magic-realism

David Lodge observed somewhere that there are books you read and books you'd rather read about – I’ve often wondered during my lecture whether it’s the second that applies to Rushdie’s novel, with all the scandal and the death threats around the religious issues that went with.

By the way, I doubt the author didn’t suspect his book would create controversies. Even if I don’t know much about Muslim religion I do know about fanaticism and you can find, if you want to, some pretty blasphemous allus
Here are a few things I picked up along the way:

-I didn't understand all of it. I probably didn't understand even enough of it.
-But that didn't really matter. All that stuff I didn't understand? Was written so beautifully and so interestingly that I just wanted to lie down and let Rushdie pour his words all over me. Which, erm, isn't meant to sound as sexual as it appears to be when I look at written that way.
-There's this whole bit that involves butterflies that absolutely took my breath away.
Djayawarman Alamprabu
I can't understand why Queen of England give Salman Rushdie a Knight of literature status? Anyone who like to put dirty words and provoke people can easily produce such books like this!

Just like anyone who can draw can produce cartoon to mock one's religion. I wonder why is a big powerfull country like britian still uses old lame monarch system and believe in that Dumb Queen who actually like to read this so called book, that only brings a provocation after another with bad foul mouth langguage
Beth F.
Salman Rushdie is a weird man. Sometimes he would write things like, “…Chamcha was going down head first, in the recommended position for babies entering the birth canal…” and “…Saladin, like a bloody lettuce, I ask you…” and he used a lot of big words I’ve never seen like “orotund” and “obsolescent” and the whole time, I kept thinking, ‘wow, Salman Rushdie made a cameo appearance in the Bridget Jones’s Diary movie and he has funny eyebrows like Jack Nicholson.’

Um. Right. This book was not an e
Ahmad  Ebaid
Nov 27, 2015 Ahmad Ebaid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أدب
"إننا لا نثبت أن العالم هو مكان حقيقي إلا عندما نموت فيه"


وقبل أن تدخل لتقرأ الرواية وتتفاجأ بأسلوبها, فالرواية مكتوبة بتقنية أدبية تسمة "تيار الوعي", أو "تداعي الذاكر", حيث تنطلق الأحداث ضبابية غير متسلسلة أو مترابطة ليعبّر بها الكاتب عن وجهة نظره.

الرواية مسلية في معظم أجزائها, والترجمة ممتازة لمترجم مجهول.

آية الله الخميني أعلن عن جائزة خمسة مليون دولار لقتل الكاتب, ولا أظنها لأجل النبي, بل لأجل أنه شعر أن الكاتب احتقره عندما ذكره في سطر وحيد شبهه فيه بالنبي محمد,

اسم بلدة الحجاج "تيتليبر" قرأته
I liked it more than I thought I would. Rushdie is a bit exceedingly heavy-handed with the symbolism (I mean, Indian expatriate who denies his Indian roots turns into the incarnation of evil? Come on!), but makes up for it by his pungent prose. Beware though. If sentences like, "Exit Pimple, weeping, censored, a scrap on a cutting-room floor." or "Here he is neither Mahomet nor MoeHammered; has adopted, instead, the demon-tag the farangis hung around his neck." make you cringe then you'll want t ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Javier rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prose
For all it's hype, I was pretty disappointed with this book. Pretty is an understatement actually. This experience reminded me of my attempted reading of Thomas Pynchon's "V." I have come to the conclusion that idiosyncratic wording and arrangements are a turn off, and that's exactly what I found in the "Satanic Verses." The book itself is also confusing because there's two or three story lines intertwined with each other. What you basically have is a story about two Indian born characters, one ...more
May 03, 2012 Jean-marcel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always interesting returning to a book read years before and gaining a different perspective. I first read this my final year of highschool and it blew my mind at the time; I don't think I stopped talking about it for months. A few months ago I returned to the book and, while I still think it's great, and I probably got a lot more of the references, it's not as amazing to me as it was over ten years ago. Rushdie's style is occasionally flowing and lyrical, but then he'll throw in all sorts ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
  • Red Earth and Pouring Rain
  • An Artist of the Floating World
  • Darkmans (Thames Gateway, #3)
  • Animal's People
  • The Black Prince
  • In a Free State
  • Mason and Dixon
  • How the Dead Live
  • The Golden Notebook
  • One Lonely Night
  • Herzog
  • The Recognitions
  • In Custody
  • The Romantics
  • Under the Frog
  • Collected Fictions
  • Foucault's Pendulum
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: 4th Movement
Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist. Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world.

His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, led to protests from Muslims in several coun
More about Salman Rushdie...

Share This Book

“Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.” 1004 likes
“From the beginning men used God to justify the unjustifiable.” 409 likes
More quotes…