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This book is the first collection of short stories by Natalie Okri and the eight short stories in it take place in both Nigeria and UK with the themes covering each aspect of suffering such as war, poverty hunger, etc. The protagonist, who is entrapped in the vortex of suffering, pursues hope in desperation and obtains new comprehension in his struggle. With poetic language, Okri presents on and another real world that seems magic in an elegant and humorous way.
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BEN OKRI has published 9 novels, various volumes of short stories and essays, as well as two collections of poetry, African Elegy and Mental Fight. His work has been translated into more than 20 languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been awarded the OBE as well as numerous international prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Africa, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the Chianti Rufino-Antico Fattore. He is a Vice-President of the English Centre of Internatonal PEN and was presented with a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. He was born in Nigeria and lives in London. He won the Booker Prize in 1991 for The Famished Road.Review:
"[A] literary and social visionary" -- Ali Smith "These are beautiful stories but they bite" New Statesman "Ben Okri...seems to have the two great gifts that are required to make a man a teller of tales: first, faultless artistic economy, which shows in his razor-sharp prose; second, an ability to place himself, chameleon-like in any milieu of society, from the highest to the lowest... Mr. Okri, in short, knows his business" Evening Standard
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Book Description William Heinemann Ltd, London, 1986. Cloth Boards. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. A very good clean tight copy with just a little minor shelf soiling to foredges in an unclipped and only lightly worn d/w. 136pp. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 001337
Book Description Hardback. Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Seller Inventory # GOR004834770
Book Description Faber & Faber, New York, 1986. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First American Edition. First Printing. Published by arrangement with William Heinemann Ltd. Very rare printing. The 1987 Commonwealth Writers Prize, Africa Region. Author of. Seller Inventory # 013443
Book Description Heinemann, London, 1986. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. A collection of eight short stories from this prolific and talented Nigerian writer. Two top corners of book bumped. Same to the jacket as well as creasing at top of spine. Seller Inventory # 3045
Book Description William Heinemann Ltd, 1986. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. First UK edition, first printing 1986. A fine copy in near fine unclipped dustwrapper with a hint of browning to edges of rear cover. Seller Inventory # ABE-17596336100
Book Description Heinemann, London, 1986. Hardcover. Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. 1st Edition. First edition / First printing. Red paper-covered boards. 136 pages. Very fine in very fine dust jacket. Seller Inventory # 12243
Book Description Heinemann, London, 1986. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good+. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. First edition, hardcover, small red remainder spot to bottom edges, otherwise a Near Fine copy in like dustjacket. Seller Inventory # 28537
Book Description Heinemann, London, 1986. Hard Bound. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Near fine (light dusting to top edge) in near fine fine dust jacket showing light wrinkling to top edge only. Seller Inventory # b23774
Book Description William Heinemann, 1986. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0434532304
Book Description William Heinemann Ltd, 1986. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First edition, VG++ in VG++ unclipped dw. Signed by author on title page. No other inscriptions. Seller Inventory # ABE-18511962045