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Prayer for the Living

by Ben Okri

Prayer for the Living Synopsis

Topical and timely, Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri's new collection of short stories blur parallel realities and walk the line between darkness and magic. Is what you see all there is? Look again. Playful, frightening, even shocking - the stories in this collection blur the lines between illusion and reality. This is a writer at the height of his power, making the reader think, making them laugh, and sometimes making them want to look away while holding their gaze. Stories here are set in London, in Byzantium, in the ghetto, in the Andes, in a printer's shop in Spain. The characters include a murderer, a writer, a detective, a man in a cave, a man in a mirror, two little boys, a prison door, and the author himself. There are twenty-three stories in all. Each one will make you wonder if what you see in the world is all there is...

Prayer for the Living Press Reviews

'A series of fables that make the reader question the nature of reality and whether what one sees in the world can really be all there is ... The often magical elements in the stories that play with the imagination' Irish Examiner. 'How much you'll enjoy these Zeitgeisty global gobbets depends whether you accept platitudes as undervalued truths and whether you rate moral relativism a blessing or a blight. Either way, they're food for thought' Country Life. 'An air of magic hovers over many of the tales ... What really makes a tale, Okri shows, is how it is told' New Statesman. 'Timeous, shocking and perceptive' TimesLIVE (South Africa). 'The reader is in no doubt they are in the hands of a master storyteller throughout' Belfast Telegraph. 'Okri is a master storyteller' Herald. 'Okri is a master of the genre: these fables are concise and otherworldly. Resplendent and lingering, they capture an ethereal plane between wakefulness and sleep with a skewed, dreamlike brutality and beauty ... Okri's magnificent twilight zone provides a surreal and unique insight' The Lady. 'Okri is always good company and these 20-odd tales showcase his lucid prose and freewheeling imagination' Mail on Sunday.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781789544619
Publication date: 6th August 2020
Author: Ben Okri
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 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. His novel The Freedom Artist was published by Head of Zeus in 2019.

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