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Astonishing the Gods

by Ben Okri

Astonishing the Gods Synopsis

Selected as one of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World'. From Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, a deceptively simple modern fable with an ancient origin. A young man finds himself living among invisible beings who have built a utopia based on one principle: that we must repeat or suffer every experience until we experience it properly and fully for the first time. 'A modern day classic' Evening Standard 'Beautiful. A new creation myth' Daily Telegraph 'Amazing. I think this is as close as you can get to reliving the experience of a bedtime story' Guardian

Astonishing the Gods Press Reviews

'Genuinely fresh insight ... the invisibility theme is a good one, for the multiple associations it carries, especially for an African writer' The Herald. 'Amazing. I think this is as close as you can get to reliving the experience of a bedtime story' Guardian. 'Beautiful. A new creation myth' Daily Telegraph. 'A modern-day classic' Evening Standard.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781784082550
Publication date: 12th March 2015
Author: Ben Okri
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 176 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Ben Okri

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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