A poet's work is to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
In a novel, if you're any good, you don't just have good people or bad people. You have complicated people. You have real people.
Doubt, it seems to me, is the central condition of a human being in the twentieth century.
In writing 'The Satanic Verses,' I think I was writing for the first time from the whole of myself. The English part, the Indian part. The part of me that loves London, and the part that longs for Bombay. And at my typewriter, alone, I could indulge this.
Mary Frances Berry