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Brahma Dreaming

Legends from Hindu Mythology


Brahma Dreaming is master storyteller John Jackson’s latest collaboration with the acclaimed artist, Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.

John’s intriguing versions of the tales of the Hindus’ great gods are graced by Daniela’s brilliantly reimagined illustrations of the deities, each a masterpiece of detail and drama, reminiscent of Dulac and Rackham, and the glorious ‘Golden Age.’

These are the tales of the Trimurti – the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva – and Brahma Dreaming is divided into three sections representing their continuous forces of creation, preservation and destruction.

The work begins with Lord Brahma dreaming the universe into being and from there unfolds an enthralling collection of interconnected tales that span the entire spectrum of human experience, dark illusions and earthly temptations.

Here are brave princes, divine divas and demon kings, family feuds and epic battles, burning loves and lies, tragic deaths and glorious rebirths. There are tales about dancing elephants, peacock warriors and monkey armies, all retold by John Jackson with great character, warmth and wit.

John Jackson's collaborator, artist Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, has been inspired to create what she describes as the best work of her career in Brahma Dreaming with over fifty exquisite fonts and illustrations hand-drawn in black ink. These are the Hindu gods and goddesses as they have never been seen before! 

Brahma Dreaming has been crafted using the same methods and attention to detail used to create the earliest illustrated gift books from the turn of the twentieth century and the result is itself a work of art.

With a distinctive black dust jacket, Brahma Dreaming is finished in black laminate with orange varnish details. Underneath the black cloth cover is a fully illustrated front and back with foil stamping and debossing, also in black and orange. It features elaborate endpapers and is completed with a tangerine ribbon marker.

Brahma Dreaming has also been developed as an enhanced iBook for iPad and in Kindle and audiobook editions.


“The tales are told in an elegant, precise prose and are by turns rousing, witty, affectionate and portentous…the illustrations are absolutely and utterly stunning.” The Bookbag

“Jackson is a master storyteller” Books Monthly

"Rarely does one come across an author-illustrator pairing as harmonious as that of Johnson and Terrazzini." Asian Review of Books

"The gorgeous handwritten type and Daniela’s imaginative reinterpretations of the tales had me spellbound" Amelia’s Magazine

"Epic, engaging and astonishingly enthralling” Comics Review