As one of Britain's foremost poets, Ben Okri brings both poetry and story together, paring writing and image down to their essentials.
This significant title story 'The Comic Destiny' forms the centrepiece of this collection, complemented by thirteen magical stokus. In his new introduction Ben Okri describes it as a talisman, an alchemic instigator for much of his later work. The stoku is a blend of story and haiku. And thirteen, according to the author, is the number of liberation.
All these stories are about freedom. They flow easily, but burn slowly. And they offer the possibility of freedom beyond the confines of our usual perception.
'Moments of genuine insight and poetry' Guardian.
'Okri's writing has a light-as-air elegance, yet its seriousness keeps the stories gravity bound' New Statesman.
Head of Zeus * Fiction
02 May 2019 * 208pp * £8.99 * 9781788549653
'Okri brings both poetry and story together in a fascinating new form, using writing and image pared down to their essentials where haiku and story meet'
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 prizes over the years for his 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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