The Freedom Artist (Hardback)Ben Okri (author)
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“This is a novel I have been wanting to write for a long time, a fist of light against a wall of darkness.” Ben Okri’s most significant novel since his Man Booker Prize-winning masterpiece The Famished Road, The Freedom Artist weaves together ancient myth and modern politics for an impassioned story primed for the post-truth age. A story of love and loss, fiercely told and impossible to ignore.
In a world uncomfortably like our own, a young woman called Alamantis is arrested for asking a question. Her question is this: Who is the Prisoner?
When Alamantis disappears, her lover Karnak goes looking for her. He searches desperately at first, then with a growing realization. To find Amalantis, he must first understand the meaning of her question.
Karnak's search leads him into a terrifying world of lies, oppression and fear at the heart of which lies the Prison. Then Karnak discovers that he is not the only one looking for the truth.
The Freedom Artist is an impassioned plea for justice and a penetrating examination of how freedom is threatened in a post-truth society. In Ben Okri's most significant novel since the Man-Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road, he delivers a powerful and haunting call to arms.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 368
Dimensions: 210 x 130 mm
'A multilayered allegorical narrative that cuts to the heart of our current political and cultural malaise.' - The Observer
'Okri's rhythmic, folk tale-like prose is beguiling.' -The Sunday Times
'Okri is incapable of writing a boring sentence. As one startling image follows the next, The Famished Road begins to read like an epic poem that happens to touch down just this side of prose ... When I finished the book and went outside, it was as if all the trees of South London had angels sitting in them.' - Linda Grant, Independent on Sunday.
'A magical book in every sense, a spellbinding, poetic, artistic journey into our collective imaginations and inner selves.' - Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor.
'Okri's writing has a light-as-air elegance, yet its seriousness keeps the stories gravity-bound.' - New Statesman.
'In a magnificent feat of sustained imaginative writing, Okri spins a tale that is epic and intimate at the same time.' - Michael Palin
'This is a book to generate apostles. People will be moved and, with stars in their eyes, will pass on the word.' - Time Out.
'Ben Okri is that rare thing, a literary and social visionary, a writer for whom all three - literature, culture and vision - are profoundly interwoven.' - Ali Smith
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