An internationally acclaimed novelist and poet, Nigerian author Ben Okri’s early work, including his first two novels Flowers and Shadows and The Landscapes Within, attracted critical notice for its vivid, interrogative analysis of the effects of political violence on ordinary lives, influenced by events he witnessed during Nigeria’s civil war.
In 1991, Okri won the Man Booker Prize for The Famished Road, the first in a trilogy of novels about a spirit child, Azaro, continued in Songs of Enchantment and Infinite Riches. His other work includes the poetry collections An African Elegy and A Way of Being Free as well as the novels Astonishing the Gods, Dangerous Love, In Arcadia, The Age of Magic and 2019’s The Freedom Artist.
“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, Kafkaesque story primed for the post-truth age. A story of love and loss, fiercely told and impossible to ignore.