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Astonishing the Gods

A Novel

Ben Okri

Paperback

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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (3/12/2015)
MP3 CD (5/14/2019)

Description

One of the BBC’s “100 Novels That Shaped Our World,” a much-needed fable that could change how we see ourselves and our reality, from the renowned Booker Prize–winning author.

A young man finds himself among invisible beings who have built a world based on one principle: that we must repeat every experience until we live it fully for the first time. “Only then can we find what we didn’t seek and go where we don’t intend to go.”
 
Ben Okri navigates the world at once as a writer, an artist, a musician, and a philosopher—in the process, he challenges our craving for the visual and the concrete. We read him not only with our eyes but also with our senses, our intuition. As his story unfolds we begin to inhabit the ineffable land that he creates, our imagination led to a place where what we once thought were fundamental truths are turned magically on their heads.  
 
In the difficult times we live in, in an age decimated by injustice and inequality, Okri brings unexpected insights as meaningful as they are transformative. 
 
“Maybe what seeks us is better than what we seek.”


Praise For Astonishing the Gods: A Novel

“Amazing. I think this is as close as you can get to reliving the experience of a bedtime story.” —The Guardian

“A modern-day classic.” —Evening Standard

“Beautiful. A new creation myth.” —Daily Telegraph

Other Press, 9781635422658, 176pp.

Publication Date: February 15, 2022



About the Author

Ben Okri is a poet, novelist, essayist, short-story writer, anthologist, aphorist, and playwright. He has also written screenplays. His works have won numerous national and international prizes, including the Booker Prize for Fiction.