The Famished Road

by Ben Okri

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In the decade since it won the Booker Prize, Ben Okri’s Famished Road has become a classic. Like Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children or Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, it combines brilliant narrative technique with a fresh vision to create an essential work of world literature.

The narrator, Azaro, is an abiku, a spirit child, who in the Yoruba tradition of Nigeria exists between life and death. The life he foresees for himself and the tale he tells is full of sadness and tragedy, but inexplicably he is born with a smile on his face. Nearly called back to the land of the dead, he is resurrected. But in their efforts to save their child, Azaro’s loving parents are made destitute. The tension between the land of the living, with its violence and political struggles, and the temptations of the carefree kingdom of the spirits propels this latter-day Lazarus’s story.

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Author: Ben Okri
ISBN: 978-0099929307
Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition
Size (cm): 12.9 x 3.5 x 19.8
Pages: 592
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black and White
Weight: 362.8739 grams
Language: English
Publication Date: 6 Feb. 1992

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Ben Okri

Ben Okri was born in Nigeria in 1959, and now lives in England. At once a poet, a fiction writer and an essayist, he is best known for his novel The Famished Road, for which he won the Booker Prize in 1991. His latest book of fiction is The Age of Magic (2014), and his most recent volume of poetry, entitled Wild, was released in 2012. His first novels, Flowers and Shadows (1980) and The Landscapes Within (1981) use surrealism to show the dysfunction of a politically scarred country. This theme persists in Okri's work, which also includes the Booker Prize–winning novel The Famished Road (1991) and essay collection A Way of Being Free (1997). In April 2014, Okri was conferred an honorary doctorate by the University of Pretoria for his contributions to literature.

Okri is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions and has been compared favourably to authors such as Salman Rushdie and Gabriel García Márquez.