An African Elegy

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Vintage, 1997 - Nigeria - 84 pages
'Dreams are the currency of Okri's writing, particularly in this first book of poems. AN AFRICAN ELEGY, but also in his books of short stories and Booker prize-winning novel THE FAMISHED ROAD. Okri's dreams are made on the stuff of Africa's colossal economic and political problems, and reading the poems is to experience a constant succession of metaphors of resolution in both senses of the word. Virtually every poem contains an exhortation to climb out of the African miasma, and virtually every poem harvests the dream of itself with an upbeat restorative ending. . . Authenticity shines out of these poems in the way it does fromthe work of some East European and Russian poets. ' Giles Foden, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT.

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About the author (1997)

Ben Okri has published 8 novels, including The Famished Road, as well as collections of poetry, short stories and essays. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been awarded the OBE as well as numerous international prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the Chianti Rufino-Antico Fattore. He is a Vice-President of the English Centre of International PEN and was presented with a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. He was born in Nigeria and lives in London.

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