While I was enjoying the mix I was thinking about Salman Rushdie’s „The Satanic Verses“. It’s about two Indian expatriates in contemporary England. Rushdie used elements of magical realism painting a narrative picture of two angels falling from the sky – in real life describing how the two protagonists are experiencing both a religious and cultural clash/crash into their new so called home.

“At the beginning of the novel, both are trapped in a hijacked plane flying from India to Britain. The plane explodes over the English Channel, but the two are magically saved. In a miraculous transformation, Farishta takes on the personality of the archangel Gibreel and Chamcha that of a devil. Chamcha is arrested and passes through an ordeal of police abuse as a suspected illegal immigrant. Farishta’s transformation can partly be read on a realistic level as the symptom of the protagonist’s developing schizophrenia.
Both characters struggle to piece their lives back together. Farishta seeks and finds his lost love, the English mountaineer Allie Cone, but their relationship is overshadowed by his mental illness. Chamcha, having miraculously regained his human shape, wants to take revenge on Farishta for having forsaken him after their common fall from the hijacked plane.” (Source)

I asked myself: how was moving to London affecting Kemal’s relationship to traditional music in general and to music from Greece in specific? – I guess this mix is both the reason and the answer to this question.


Salman Rushdie


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