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Mental Fight
03 Mar 2022 * PAPERBACK * £7.99 * 9781800244269

An epic poem touching on issues of racism, intolerance and environmental destructions.

Fiction / DCF (Poetry)
Extent: 96 pages  Format: 180 x 110 mm
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Also by Ben Okri
Mental Fightby Ben Okri

An epic poem touching on issues of racism, intolerance and environmental destructions from Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri.

There is much to celebrate in the human journey so far – art in all its forms, advances made in the fields of technology and medicine and, for many of us, the miracle of freedom. But there is also much to regret – racism, intolerance, the destruction of our environment, the reality and the legacy of slavery.

In this long, sustained consideration of the state we find ourselves in, Ben Okri invokes the past to explain the present, and sings out a message of hope. The future is still ours to make. This epic poem, an anthem for the twenty-first century, first appeared in The Times in January 1999. Its message could hardly be more relevant to our present condition.

Discover this revised edition of an inspiring and extraordinarily tender work.

'Ben Okri is that rare thing, a literary and social visionary, a writer for whom all three – literature, culture and vision – are profoundly interwoven' Ali Smith

Ben Okri was born in Minna, Nigeria. His childhood was divided between Nigeria, where he saw first-hand the consequences of war, and London. He has won many awards over the years, including the Booker Prize for Fiction, and is also an acclaimed essayist, playwright, and poet. In 2019 Astonishing the Gods was named as one of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'.

Will be published in a beautiful, giftable A-format hardback.

The Famished Road won the Booker Prize and Astonishing the Gods was selected by the BBC as one of '100 Novels that Shaped Our World'.

Ben Okri is a regular commentator on current affairs; his poem for Grenfell Tower was watched more than 6 million times on Channel 4 News' Facebook page.

MARKET: 1984 by George Orwell; Rise Like Lions: Poetry for the Many compiled by Ben Okri; The Sellout by Paul Beatty; V for Vendetta by Alan Moore; Rupi Kaur; Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.


PRAISE FOR BEN OKRI:
'Ben Okri is that rare thing, a literary and social visionary, a writer for whom all three – literature, culture and vision – are profoundly interwoven' Ali Smith.
'Where fiction's master of enchantments stares down a real horror, and without blinking or flinching, produces a work of beauty, grace and uncommon power'
Marlon James on The Freedom Artist

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