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Ben Okri

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Ben Okri, 1959 - Nigerian novelist, Ben Okri was born in Minna. After his birth, his family moved to England so his father could study law. At the age of seven, his family returned to Nigeria and his father practiced in Lagos. His childhood was influenced by the Nigerian civil war. He was näytä lisää constantly being withdrawn from schools so most of his education was at home. After failing to be placed in a university, Okri began writing articles on social and political issues. Most of them were not published, but he began writing short stories based on these articles and they began finding their way into women's journals and evening papers. In 1978, he moved back to England where he studied comparative literature at Essex University but was forced to leave without a degree because of a lack of funds. He was a poetry editor of West Africa and worked also for the BBC. At nineteen, he finished his first novel "Flowers and Shadows" and it was published in 1980. The story attacked corruption in newly independent Nigeria and tells of a successful businessman whose jealous relatives make his life difficult. Okri's second novel, "The Landscapes Within" (1981), traces the adventures of a young, poor painter in Lagos. This novel was followed by two collections of short stories, "Incidents at the Shrine" (1986), and "Starts of the New Curfew" (1988). Several of the stories tell of the Biafran War from a child's eyes. The novel "The Famished Road" (1991) tells the story of a character who must choose between the pain of mortality and the land of the spirits. Okri's next novel, "Songs of Enchantment" (1993), continued with the mythical and poetical view of the world. "An African Elegy" (1992), is a collection of poems with classical themes. Okri has won several awards, which include the Booker Prize (1991), the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Africa (1987), the Paris Review Aga Khan prize for fiction, the Chianti Rufino-Antico Fattore International Literary Prize, and the Premio Grinzane Cavour. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Tekijän teokset

The Famished Road (1991) 2,396 kappaletta, 38 arvostelua
Astonishing the Gods (1995) 318 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
Songs of Enchantment (1993) 284 kappaletta, 5 arvostelua
Vaarallista rakkautta (1996) 220 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Infinite Riches (1998) 189 kappaletta
Stars of the New Curfew (1988) 150 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Starbook (2007) 144 kappaletta, 4 arvostelua
The Freedom Artist (2019) 116 kappaletta, 11 arvostelua
In Arcadia (2002) 103 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Incidents at the Shrine (1986) 80 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Age of Magic (2014) 77 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
A Way of Being Free (1997) 66 kappaletta
Mental Fight (1999) 58 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
An African Elegy (1992) 56 kappaletta
A Prayer for the Living (2019) 51 kappaletta, 12 arvostelua
Tales of Freedom (2009) 43 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Birds of Heaven (Phoenix 60p Paperbacks) (1996) 39 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
A Time For New Dreams (2011) 30 kappaletta
Every Leaf a Hallelujah (2021) 26 kappaletta, 2 arvostelua
Flowers and shadows (1980) 23 kappaletta
The Magic Lamp: Dreams of Our Age (2017) 13 kappaletta
Wild (2012) 13 kappaletta
A Fire in My Head (2021) 13 kappaletta
Tiger Work (2023) 9 kappaletta
The Comic Destiny (2019) 5 kappaletta
Changing Destiny (2023) 2 kappaletta
The Landscapes Within (1981) 2 kappaletta
Mago De Las Estrellas, El (2007) 2 kappaletta
Worlds That Flourish 2 kappaletta
Zvezdana knjiga 1 kappale
Preghiera per i vivi (2021) 1 kappale
Lunatics Lovers and Poets 1 kappale, 1 arvostelu

Associated Works

The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories (2011) — Avustaja — 838 kappaletta, 21 arvostelua
The Art of the Story: An International Anthology of Contemporary Short Stories (1999) — Avustaja — 353 kappaletta, 6 arvostelua
Modern Poetry from Africa (1963) — Avustaja, eräät painokset270 kappaletta
Granta 43: Best of Young British Novelists 2 (1993) — Avustaja — 178 kappaletta, 3 arvostelua
The Graphic Canon, Vol. 3: From Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest (2013) — Avustaja — 150 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Avustaja — 110 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Under African Skies: Modern African Stories (1997) — Avustaja — 94 kappaletta
Heinemann Book of Contemporary African Short Stories (1992) — Avustaja — 57 kappaletta
The Anchor Book of Modern African Stories (2002) — Avustaja — 54 kappaletta
More Great Railway Journeys (1996) — Avustaja — 36 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu
Great Railway Journeys | More Great Railway Journeys (1997) — Avustaja — 29 kappaletta
Van Gogh and Britain (2019) — Avustaja — 27 kappaletta
Coming of Age Around the World: A Multicultural Anthology (2007) — Avustaja — 25 kappaletta
Pieter Hugo: Kin (1687) — Short story — 14 kappaletta, 1 arvostelu

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AFRICAN NOVEL CHALLENGE JULY 2023 - ACHEBE / OKRI, 75 Books Challenge for 2023 (elokuu 2023)
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Did not work as an audiobook--I couldn't get into it.
Did not finish (truth be told, barely begun). I have read other African writers who made an impression on me; maybe having the physical book would have helped.
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juniperSun | 10 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Apr 21, 2024 |
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AnkaraLibrary | Feb 23, 2024 |
I was eager to read this book because the synopsis lent a feeling of otherworldliness that intrigued me. It described an abiku, or spirit child, born into the human world but who decides to remain human. His companions from the spirit realm then decide to bring him back to the spirit world. I also had never read anything from an African author so I was looking forward to this. However, it wasn't long before I found it a chore to finish the book. I largely felt that the story had no direction and did not match up with my impressions from the synopsis. There was not much about the boy's choice to remain human or about the other spirits' attempts to bring him home. I felt the story focused more on his day to day life and his father's personal development.

The postmodern writing style was new to me and did not suit my tastes. This is what really contributed to my feelings that the writing was just all over the place. I couldn't make heads or trails of what the authors true purpose was in telling this story. There were clear measures about the political and economic climate in African nations but I just didn't know what the author wanted this book to be.
Oddly enough, the final chapter represented a clear departure from the style of the rest of the book and I found it energizing, but it was too little too late.
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BlackAsh13 | 37 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 10, 2023 |
This collection of stories reminds me of nothing so much as the classic by D.O. Fagunwa, also of Nigeria, Forest of a Thousand Daemons. I don’t think that these stories have the imagination or power of Fagunwa’s novel—which I parenthetically urge you to read; it’s brilliant—but they do share an emphasis on phantasmagoria drawn from local mythologies. The stories largely deal with the newly independent Nigeria as it falls prey to greed and violence and its ties to its history and traditional values begin to disintegrate. A promising work and I look forward to my next work by him.… (lisätietoja)
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Gypsy_Boy | Aug 24, 2023 |



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