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Book review: Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
Book review: Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie

Luka and the Fire of Life A Novel Salman Rushdie Random House: 224 pp., $25 Once upon a time, in a literary galaxy in the distant past (say, the 1990s), before Harry the boy-wizard had expecto-ed his patronum and vanquished He Who Must Not Be Named But Was Anyway All The Time, when the word "vampire" put one in mind of Bela Lugosi and his leer instead of Robert Pattinson and his half-dead, half-bedroom eyes, it was possible for an author to use the phrase "world of magic" without provoking an inward groan. It was possible to be quickened, enlightened and thrilled by José Arcadio Buendía and Gabriel García Márquez's otherworldly history of his...

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