The novel that infamously earned Rushdie both a Whitbread Award and a fatwa is primarily allegorical. The literal plot is interrupted by dream sequences that toy with Islamic history and identity. The book itself is a comment on immigrant identity, as both of its central characters are Indian expatriates. The two men fall from the sky and land in England after their plane is blown up in a terrorist attack. One becomes a prototypical angel, the other a demon – but even these paradigms aren’t safe from the tinkering of Rushdie’s pen.