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Luka Cover Illustration by Himmapaan Luka Cover Illustration by Himmapaan
Cover illustration for Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie, published by Random House (U.S.), November 2010.

The final jacket in its entirety is here:

Ink and Gouache (I'm afraid I've forgotten the dimensions and the original is still with the publisher).

Larger (please don't spirit it away!): [link]
Gold detail (photograph taken during progress): [link]

The front cover as appears on the actual book can be seen on Amazon: [link]
Or on Random House's own website: [link]

Alternatively, if anyone has seen the physical book itself, perhaps you would be so kind as to let me know what it's like. I still don't have my own copy and I long to see what became of the spine and back cover! I know that a few changes had to be made.

About the book itself on Mr. Rushdie's website: [link]

There are also about a hundred reviews of the book circulating the web at present, if anyone is interested. I myself highly recommend it. And if you have not yet read its predecessor, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, then make haste!

Copyright Niroot Puttapipat and Random House, 2010
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khepmat Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
So beautiful!
AlienCheerleader Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
While chatting with a friend who works in a used book store I glanced over and saw this novel. This particular cover stood out so vibrantly to me that I knew then that I would have to acquire it.

I typically don't buy books based on how they look; but THIS remains an exception to that rule.

I had never read any of Rushdie's novels before this fleeting instance, so in a way, the artist played matchmaker through his work. I discovered a wonderful author through the art on Luka and the Fire of Life's cover. I have now read everyone of Rushdie's works.

Thank you for this beautiful experience.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, how wonderful to know. This must be one of the most gratify things for an illustrator, I think, to have been able to play that role. Thank you so much.
NjiHu Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
This is a really great illustration. All the details are beautiful, and I like that the overall picture has a unique style. It makes me curious about the story of the book you made this for (:
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. ^_^
bassgeisha Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Hey! Just because I'm a bit ignorant about this style, What references did you use to create this? What style of artwork was this based on? It looks persian or something. I love it, just curious!! +fave. Very different and unique!!
ilxwing Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
So beautiful!
teriathanin Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am reading this book right now! :)
Just thought I'd mention that.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hooray! :D
ayuICHI Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Super beautiful and lovely.
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