20.09.2011  · About Luka and the Fire of Life “You’ve reached the age at which people in this family cross the border into the magical world. It’s your turn for an ...

Luka and the Fire of Life is a novel by Salman Rushdie. It was published by Jonathan Cape, Random House in 2010. It is the sequel to Haroun and the Sea of Stories ...

Luka and the Fire of Life: A Novel [Salman Rushdie] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. With the same dazzling imagination and love of language that ...

Salman Rushdie’s new children’s novel arrives under circumstances that are, to put it mildly, less anxious than those that surrounded his first, “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” (1990). Rushdie has said he conceived “Haroun” before the fatwa that was issued in response to “The Satanic Verses,” in 1989. But “Haroun” was difficult to detach from its fraught moment. After all, its hero was struggling against forces determined to silence storytelling, a plot point that couldn’t help reminding you that the author was, too.

Taking a fresh approach to the problem, Rushdie has made some Super Mario-like tweaks to the magical realm he invented in “Haroun.” With every heroic task he completes, Luka pushes a button to save his progress, and a new-level number appears in his field of vision. He also gets plenty of extra lives. But while the setting feels like something out of Nintendo, the characters come either from Rushdie’s lively interpretations of mythology or his jovial, limber imagination. A pixelated Fire Bug bursts into “a little cloud of angry, buzzing sparks,” and an army of insult-slinging warriors on flying carpets do battle with a colony of touchy rats.

Gods of Egyptian, Norse, Aztec and Chinese extraction, among others, converge in the final chapters, to stress the diversity of a mythical world eroded by onscreen interfaces. Rushdie isn’t against video games, exactly: Luka’s father cheerily defends them in the novel’s early pages. But the story suggests they are a mythmaker’s chief competition, and Rushdie seems determined to make his book busier than any game, a “supercolossal ultra-­exploit.”

With Haroun and the Sea of Stories Salman Rushdie proved that he is one of the best contemporary writers of fables, and it proved to be one of his most popular books with readers of all ages. While Haroun was written as a gift for his first son, Luka and the Fire of Life , the story of Haroun's younger brother, is a gift for his second son on his twelfth birthday. Lyrical, rich with word-play, and with the narrative tension of the classic quest stories, this is Salman Rushdie at his very best.

But there has been a terrible mix up at birth, and Saleem’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns. As he grows up amidst a whirlwind of triumphs and disasters, Saleem must learn the ominous consequences of his gift, for the course of his life is inseparably linked to that of his motherland, and his every act is mirrored and magnified in the events that shape the newborn nation of India. It is a great gift, and a terrible burden.

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?

20.09.2011  · About Luka and the Fire of Life “You’ve reached the age at which people in this family cross the border into the magical world. It’s your turn for an ...

Luka and the Fire of Life is a novel by Salman Rushdie. It was published by Jonathan Cape, Random House in 2010. It is the sequel to Haroun and the Sea of Stories ...

Luka and the Fire of Life: A Novel [Salman Rushdie] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. With the same dazzling imagination and love of language that ...

20.09.2011  · About Luka and the Fire of Life “You’ve reached the age at which people in this family cross the border into the magical world. It’s your turn for an ...

Luka and the Fire of Life is a novel by Salman Rushdie. It was published by Jonathan Cape, Random House in 2010. It is the sequel to Haroun and the Sea of Stories ...

Luka and the Fire of Life: A Novel [Salman Rushdie] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. With the same dazzling imagination and love of language that ...

Salman Rushdie’s new children’s novel arrives under circumstances that are, to put it mildly, less anxious than those that surrounded his first, “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” (1990). Rushdie has said he conceived “Haroun” before the fatwa that was issued in response to “The Satanic Verses,” in 1989. But “Haroun” was difficult to detach from its fraught moment. After all, its hero was struggling against forces determined to silence storytelling, a plot point that couldn’t help reminding you that the author was, too.

Taking a fresh approach to the problem, Rushdie has made some Super Mario-like tweaks to the magical realm he invented in “Haroun.” With every heroic task he completes, Luka pushes a button to save his progress, and a new-level number appears in his field of vision. He also gets plenty of extra lives. But while the setting feels like something out of Nintendo, the characters come either from Rushdie’s lively interpretations of mythology or his jovial, limber imagination. A pixelated Fire Bug bursts into “a little cloud of angry, buzzing sparks,” and an army of insult-slinging warriors on flying carpets do battle with a colony of touchy rats.

Gods of Egyptian, Norse, Aztec and Chinese extraction, among others, converge in the final chapters, to stress the diversity of a mythical world eroded by onscreen interfaces. Rushdie isn’t against video games, exactly: Luka’s father cheerily defends them in the novel’s early pages. But the story suggests they are a mythmaker’s chief competition, and Rushdie seems determined to make his book busier than any game, a “supercolossal ultra-­exploit.”

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