A Whitbread Prize winner, this book is a study of good and evil. It begins with two Indians, Gibreel Farishta and Saladin Chamcha, plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their jetliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams, and revelations.
Just before dawn one winter’s morning, a hijacked aeroplane blows apart high above the English Channel and two figures tumble, clutched in an embrace, towards the sea: Gibreel Farishta, India’s legendary movie star, and Saladin Chamcha, the man of a thousand voices.
Washed up, alive, on an English beach, their survival is a miracle. But there is a price to pay. Gibreel and Saladin have been chosen as opponents in the eternal wrestling match between Good and Evil. But chosen by whom? And which is which? And what will be the outcome of their final confrontation?