Prayer for the Living
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About the Author
Ben Okri was born in Minna, Nigeria. His childhood was divided between Nigeria, where he saw firsthand the consequences of war, and London. He won the Booker Prize in 1991 for The Famished Road, and his novel Astonishing the Gods was selected as one of the BBC's "100 Novels That Shaped Our World." His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He also writes plays and screenplays. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a vice president of English PEN, and has been awarded the OBE as well as numerous international prizes and honorary doctorates. His latest novel, The Freedom Artist, was published by Akashic Books.
A career-spanning story collection from the Booker Prize-winning Nigerian writer that navigates the blurry line between dream and reality . . . 'Alternative Realities Are True' is a dimension-warping detective story worthy of Philip K. Dick, and 'Don Ki-Otah and the Ambiguity of Reading' is a Don Quixote satire whose metafictional gamesmanship evokes Borges and Achebe . . . Okri skillfully embeds abstract ideas in concrete, engaging storytelling . . . Mind-bending and provocative.-- "Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review"
Booker Prize-winning poet and novelist Okri creates a dreamlike atmosphere in one store, whipsaws the reader into a horrifying triptych about Boko Haram in the next, and then calms with unexpectedly gentle humor. There is something to entice or challenge every reader in this eclectic repertoire.-- "Library Journal, Starred Review"
Writing across countries, citizens, centuries, Okri effortlessly showcases his literary fluency. Even beyond specific details of time and place, global audiences will discover resonating enlightenment and entertainment between these taut pages.-- "Shelf Awareness for Readers"
Booker-winner Okri delivers a sprawling collection that spans continents, centuries, and the border between the real and the supernatural . . . This is as an essential reminder of the timeless and vital nature of storytelling.-- "Publishers Weekly"