IMAGINE you are Luka, a twelve-year-old boy who has to save the life of the storyteller father you adore.
IMAGINE you have two loyal companions by your side: a bear called Dog who can sing and a dog called Bear who can dance.
IMAGINE you must now embark on a journey through the Magic World to steal the Fire of Life, a seemingly impossible and exceedingly dangerous task...
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.
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A captivating, funny and beautifully imagined fable - Sunday Telegraph
Startlingly beautiful...an eloquent example of the games a fine storyteller can play - Independent on Sunday
A beautiful book... It's like a bridge, built between generations, fabulous and strange and from the heart - Neil Gaiman
A bustling and minutely imagined fabular landscape, crammed with allegorical figures and places...its exuberance is inextricably linked to its profligacy with puns, rhymes, one liners and snippets of nonsense... It captures brilliantly that moment when adults enrapture children by behaving like children themselves - Guardian
A playful, inventive statement to a son, a story of growing up and imminent self-awareness, a tale of magic - Sunday Herald, Christmas round up
Salman Rushdie is the author of ten novels, one collection of short stories, three works of non-fiction, and the co-editor of The Vintage Book of Indian Writing. In 1993 Midnight's Children was judged to be the Best of the Booker, the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its forty year history. The Moor's Last Sigh won the Whitbread Prize in 1995 and the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.