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Astonishing the Gods
09 Oct 2014 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781784081836

A modern fable with an ancient origin, about one man's search for visibility on an enchanted island.

Fiction / FA (Fiction)
Extent: 176 pages
Exclusive: GB CA AU NZ IN ZA SG   Not for sale: US
Also by Ben Okri
Astonishing the Godsby Ben Okri

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

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'.

Over 6 million views of Grenfell Tower June 2017 poem on Facebook alone.

The Famished Road won the Booker Prize and Astonishing the Gods was selected by the BBC as one of '100 Novels that Shaped Our World'.

Ben Okri is a regular commentator on current affairs; his poem for Grenfell Tower was watched more than 6 million times on Channel 4 News' Facebook page.

MARKET: 1984 by George Orwell; Rise Like Lions: Poetry for the Many compiled by Ben Okri; The Sellout by Paul Beatty; V for Vendetta by Alan Moore; Rupi Kaur; Exit West by Mohsin Hamid.


'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

'Genuinely fresh insight ... the invisibility theme is a good one, for the multiple associations it carries, especially for an African writer' The Herald

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