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Okri, Ben

Works: 181 works in 863 publications in 23 languages and 19,646 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Bildungsromans  Allegories  Political fiction  Domestic fiction  Poetry  Psychological fiction  History  Essays  Fantasy fiction 
Roles: Author, wat, Author of introduction, Author in quotations or text abstracts, Interviewee, Author of screenplay
Classifications: PR9387.9.O394, 823
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The famished road by Ben Okri( Book )

133 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in 16 languages and held by 2,673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel of modern Nigeria told through the eyes of a sentient child
Songs of enchantment by Ben Okri( Book )

51 editions published between 1993 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 1,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben Okri, winner of the 1991 Booker Prize for The Famished Road, now gives us Songs of Enchantment, and it is hard to imagine a more gloriously written novel. Azaro, the spririt-child, is a reluctant traveler in the realities of this world. In this moving story of love and transformation, his adventures begin with the disruption of his family. Under the pressure of poverty and myth, his mother departs to follow the legendary Madame Koto. An obsession for a beautiful beggar girl snares forbidden visions. Set in an age of enchantments, their story takes place among the upheavals of a nation struggling to be born. There are mass political hallucinations, battles of contending forces in the realm of dreams, mysterious disappearances, and the rise of the Jackal-headed Masquerade. With humor and wisdom, Ben Okri tells of Azaro's father and how, drawing on the magic of courage, he undergoes the great penance of love. Through the experiences of this unique family we see that life lived with compassion and fire and serenity can vanquish the forces of oppression, and counter the darkness with light. At the end of the absorbing novel we feel it to be true when Azaro's father says, "Stories can conquer fear, you know. They can make the heart bigger."
Stars of the new curfew by Ben Okri( Book )

45 editions published between 1988 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 855 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vanuit de chaos en de drukte in de straten van Lagos en het deels nog traditionele leven in het Nigeriaanse oerwoud verplaatsen deze verhalen de lezer meermaals naadloos in de wereld van droom en hallucinatie
The Heinemann book of contemporary African short stories( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of 20 stories written between 1980-1991 which deal with themes relevant to various regions of Africa
Dangerous love by Ben Okri( Book )

55 editions published between 1991 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Omovo is an office worker and artist who lives at home with his father and his father's second wife. In the communal world of the compound in which he lives, Omovoa has both friends and enemies, but his most important relationship is with Ifeyiwa, a beautiful young married woman whom he loves with an almost hopeless passion - not because she doesn't return his love, but because they can never be together..." --Back cover
Astonishing the gods by Ben Okri( Book )

54 editions published between 1995 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 528 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel that carries the reader to the shores of an enchanted island, a strange but familiar world where the evidence of the senses is constantly questioned where illusions dazzle, elude and delight
Infinite riches by Ben Okri( Book )

30 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in 3 languages and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Azaro is a spirit-child. He made a pact with his spirit companions that when he was born he would die at the first opportunity and rejoin them. But after his birth, Azaro breaks his pact because he wants to live, and so his spirit companions threaten to send seven spirits after him
In Arcadia by Ben Okri( Book )

21 editions published between 2002 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of angry and ill-assorted people accept an invitation to make a journey. Inspired by a painting and financed by a mysterious benefactor, they set off to discover the real Arcadia. Or what remains of it. Their journey begins in ignorance and chaos at Waterloo station and takes them through superstition and myth to harmony. In the Louvre, in front of Poussin's masterpiece, they begin to understand
Incidents at the shrine : short stories by Ben Okri( Book )

31 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of short stories with subjects ranging from a child's eye view of the Nigerian civil war, to Lagos and the spirit world, and dispossession in a decaying British inner city
Flowers and shadows by Ben Okri( Book )

27 editions published between 1980 and 1994 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in the hustle of Lagos, a series of disturbing events strip the young Jeffia Okwe of his innocence and reveal the ruthlessness of his own father. The tragic climax of the tale leaves Jeffia cleansed of "the sins of his father", ready for adult life and
An African elegy by Ben Okri( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2015 in English and German and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Starbook : a magical tale of love and regeneration by Ben Okri( Book )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We are listeners at the oracle. Those who truly hear are touched and changed. At one level, Starbook tells the delicate story of a prince and a maiden who are both tested by trials in a mythical land where art, initiation and dynamic stillness are supremely important
A way of being free by Ben Okri( Book )

20 editions published between 1997 and 2015 in English and Dutch and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of ten pieces ranging from the personal to the analytical, including a meditation on the role of the poet, a study of Picasso's Minotaur, a paean to human freedom in honour of Salman Rushdie, and an appraisal of fellow-Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe
The age of magic by Ben Okri( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'The Age of Magic has begun. Unveil your eyes.' Eight weary film-makers, travelling from Paris to Basel, arrive at a small Swiss hotel on the shores of a luminous lake. Above them, strewn with lights that twinkle in the darkness, looms the towering Rigi mountain. Over the course of three days and two nights, the travellers will find themselves drawn in to the mystery of the mountain reflected in the lake. One by one, they will be disturbed, enlightened, and transformed, each in a different way. An intoxicating and dreamlike tale unfolds
Mental fight by Ben Okri( Book )

18 editions published between 1999 and 2012 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This epic poem is intended as a celebration of humanity's achievements at the end of this millennium, and a rallying cry for the next. Strongly political, the poem touches on issues of racism, intolerance, and environmental destruction, amongst others
A time for new dreams : poetic essays by Ben Okri( Book )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 'A Time for New Dreams', Ben Okri breaks new ground in an unusual collection of linked essays, which address such diverse themes as childhood, self-censorship, the role of beauty, the importance of education and the real significance of the recent economic meltdown
Weep not, child by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo( Book )

4 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een Keniaanse jongen onderbreekt zijn studie wanneer hij hoort dat zijn vader door het Britse koloniale bewind gearresteerd is en sluit zich aan bij de vrijheidsstrijders
The landscapes within by Ben Okri( Book )

7 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wild by Ben Okri( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ways of being free : authenticity and community in selected works of Rushdie, Ondaatje, and Okri by Adnan Mahmutović( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Iconic migrant writers such as Michael Ondaatje, Salman Rushdie and Ben Okri use their fictional worlds to articulate the ways in which existential "nervous conditions," caused by violent postcolonial history, drive individuals to rework the critical notions of freedom, authenticity and community. This existential thread in their works has been largely ignored or left undeveloped in criticism. Although Rushdie has argued that they primarily write back to the imperial centre(s), in their signature novels, The English Patient, Midnight's Children and The Famished Road, they respond to their conflicting cultural and ethnic heritages by dramatizing characters in traumatic struggles with belonging and affiliation. As a way of coping with their identity crises, most characters succumb to the political rhetoric of communalism. The central characters, however, are driven by a powerful desire for self-sufficiency. Yet, since this individualism clashes with their need for communal sharing, they enact a form of creative destruction of their singular selfhood and communal identity. They experience a certain plurality of singular selfhood and participate in forms of "inoperative communities," which elicit bonds without ties and coexistence without the necessity of a common work and essence."--Publisher's website
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The famished road
Alternative Names
Ben Okri écrivain nigérien

Ben Okri escriptor nigerià

Ben Okri escritor nigeriano

Ben Okri nigerianischer Schriftsteller

Ben Okri nigerijský spisovatel

Ben Okri schrijver uit Nigeria

Ben Okri scriitor nigerian

Ben Okri scrittore nigeriano

Okri, Benjamin.

Okri Benjamin 1959-....

Бен Окрі

Окри, Бен

بن أوكري، 1959-

بن اوکری نویسنده اهل نیجریه

ਬਿਨ ਓਕਰੀ

ബെൻ ഓക്രി

오크리, 벤 1959-

オクリ, ベン



Songs of enchantmentStars of the new curfewThe Heinemann book of contemporary African short storiesDangerous loveAstonishing the godsInfinite richesIn ArcadiaIncidents at the shrine : short stories