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An African Elegy

by Ben Okri

An African Elegy Synopsis

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 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' - Giles Foden, Times Literary Supplement

An African Elegy Press Reviews

A kaleidoscope of tersely condensed implications, with pregnant shifts of mood, tone and meaning brought to bear in the space of each line break... Most of Okri's writing is best understood as poetry, even when not laid out in broken lines -- Michael Horovitz Accessible and affecting... Born of a big spirit that one cannot ignore -- Gillian Ferguson * Scotland on Sunday * Authenticity shines out of these poems in the way it does from some East European and Russian poets * Times Literary Supplement *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099736011
Publication date: 24th April 1997
Author: Ben Okri
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 80 pages
Categories: Poetry by individual poets,

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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