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Luka and the Fire of Life - a young hero’s quest to save his father

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Indian-British novelist Salman Rushdie Cate Gillon/Getty Images

Salman Rushdie’s latest novel, Luka and the Fire of Life, was inspired in part by his 13-year old son Milan and the video games he plays. Drawing on the same family of characters featured in Haroun and the Sea of Stories, the award-winning author uses his signature style to push against the divide between adult and children’s literature. His characters struggle with some of life’s big questions, exploring the power of father-son relationships and the meaning of life and death within a world that feels at once fantastical and eerily real. Famous for books such as The Satanic Verses and Midnight’s Children, which address difficult aspects of Indian life, Luka’s quest promises to be much more than an adventure story. Will Luka bring back the fire and save his father’s life? What do Rushdie’s novels mean to you?

Guest:

Salman Rushdie, author of Luka and the Fire of Life and ten previous novels including Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize in 1981, the Booker of Bookers in 1993 and, in 2008, the Best of the Booker). He has also published four works of non-fiction, a collection of short stories, and edited two fiction anthologies.

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