Below is a quotation from Salman Rushdie’s novel ‘The Satanic Verses’, published here to protest against his forced withdrawl from Jaipur Lit Fest, and to support Hari Kunzru and Amitava Kumar who began this protest by using their time at the Festival to read from The Satanic Verses.
From ‘Satanic Verses’ by Salman Rushdie
‘To be born,’ sang Gibreel Farishta tumbling from the heavens, ‘first you have to die. Ho ji! Ho ji! To land upon the bosomy earth, first one needs to fly. Tat-taa! Taka-thun! How to ever smile again, if first you won’t cry? How to win the darling’s love, mister, without a sigh? Baba, if you want to get born again…’ Just before dawn one winter’s morning, New Year’s Day or thereabouts, two real, full-grown, living men fell from a great height, twenty-nine thousand and two feet, towards the English Channel, without benefit of parachutes or wings, out of a clear sky.’
Vintage Canada Edition 1997.
(Typos are mine.)
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