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Stars Of The New Curfew

by Ben Okri

Stars Of The New Curfew Synopsis

To enter the world of Ben Okri's stories is to surrender to a new reality. Set in the chaotic streets of Lagos and the jungle heart of Nigeria, all the laws of cause and effect, fact and fiction, are suspended. It is a world where the lives of the powerless veer terrifyingly close to nightmare. In rich, lyrical, almost hallucinatory prose Ben Okri guides us through the fabulous and the mundane, the serene and the randomly violent. The unrelenting Nigerian heat and the implacable darkness of the black-out and the military curfew are the backdrops for his characters each finding their own ways to survive. We witness their dogged resistance to impotence, their unquenchable humour and their insistence on the possibility of love in the face of terror. Written with the lucid clarity and logic of dream, Stars of the New Curfew is a book of visionary imagination.

Stars Of The New Curfew Press Reviews

Stamped with the ease of a truly original imagination -- Wole Soyinka In a few brief sentences Ben Okri captures the arrogance and faceless indifference of the military forces which patrol the margins of these stories * Independent * There are many novelists who write as well as Ben Okri, many who share his gift for recreating the texture of everyday life, many who can cut through the surface to expose, as he does, the myths of our elders and betters use to keep us in our place. There are very few novelists who can do all three. The fact that Ben Okri has done so in short stories, without ever losing his balance, his humour or his edge, makes his accomplishment all the more exceptional * Observer * Another piercing collection of short stories... Masterful * Time Out *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099283881
Publication date: 5th August 1999
Author: Ben Okri
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Short stories,

About Ben Okri

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 ...

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