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The Comic Destiny

by Ben Okri

The Comic Destiny Synopsis

As one of Britain's foremost poets, Ben Okri brings both poetry and story together, paring writing and image down to their essentials. This significant title story 'The Comic Destiny' forms the centrepiece of this collection, complemented by thirteen magical stokus. In his new introduction Ben Okri describes it as a talisman, an alchemic instigator for much of his later work. The stoku is a blend of story and haiku. And thirteen, according to the author, is the number of liberation. All these stories are about freedom. They flow easily, but burn slowly. And they offer the possibility of freedom beyond the confines of our usual perception. 'Moments of genuine insight and poetry' Guardian. 'Okri's writing has a light-as-air elegance, yet its seriousness keeps the stories gravity bound' New Statesman.

The Comic Destiny Press Reviews

'Okri brings both poetry and story together in a fascinating new form, using writing and image pared down to their essentials where haiku and story meet' The Bookseller.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788549653
Publication date: 2nd May 2019
Author: Ben Okri
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 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.

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