~ Salman Rushdie, Luka and the Fire of Life
The wonderful illustration below was done by illustrator and artist, Ben Tobitt, for Salmon Rushdie's 2010 children's fantasy, Luka and the Fire of Life. Luka is a 12 year-old boy, born to an aging storyteller, and whose imagination is filled with stories of his older brother's fantastic adventures to save the world of story telling. Luka is ready for his own adventure, and when Luka's father is cast into a deep sleep from which only the Fire of Life stolen from the World of Magic can awaken him, Luka gets his wish.
Written by Salman Rushdie for his own late-life son, Luka and the Fire of Life is some of Rushdie's most playful and lyrical writing. Full of wisdom about love, life and mortality, Rushdie's writing takes the reader on a magic carpet ride into the realms of the imagination.
Neil Gaiman describes it best, “Luka and the Fire of Life is a beautiful book. Well written (obviously), imaginative (astonishingly so), and wonderful in the way it builds heartfelt magical fiction for kids who love video games: It’s like a bridge, built between generations, fabulous and strange and from the heart.”
Hear Rushdie read from his book and discuss its deeper meaning here: Salman Rushdie: Luka and the Fire of Life - A Novel - Summary, Quotes, Analysis (2010)
Find out more at Rushdie's blog here: http://www.salman-rushdie.com/blog/luka-and-the-fire-of-life/
See more wonderful Tobitt illustrations and animations at his site here: http://bentobitt.com/
Image below from Tobitt's blog here: http://bentobittdrawings.blogspot.com/search?q=luka+and+the+fire+of+life