A collection of exquisitely crafted essays by Ben Okri, one of Britain's foremost poets, and a Booker Prize-winning novelist, that explore such diverse themes as childhood and creativity, beauty, censorship, art and politics.
'A single line,' writes Ben Okri, 'can lead the mind to terraces of contemplation. Naturally it depends on the line and the view.'
This is a collection of exquisitely crafted essays on themes as diverse as childhood and creativity, beauty, censorship, art and politics. They are responses to the world and the times we live in. They ask unsettling questions. They provoke thoughts and they make us dream.
'Profound and enchanting' The Times.
'There can be no mistaking Okri's passion and intelligence. A powerful piece of work' Sunday Telegraph.
Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Language and Literary Studies
02 May 2019 * 160pp * £5.99 * 9781788549622
'Stands in the grand tradition of myth-making exemplified in One Hundred Years of Solitude and Midnight's Children, although the book has a vision and a voice uniquely its own' Observer.
'A work of magic' Sunday Times.
'[Okri] has a diction which glides superbly. His ear is pitch perfect' Scotsman
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'.
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