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Ben Okri is a Nigerian-born British poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, and activist whose writing challenges perceptions of reality.
The celebrated author of over a dozen novels, in 1991 he won the Booker Prize for The Famished Road, a bookl that has been highly influential in the decades since its release.
His new collection Tiger Work sees him at the height of his powers, turning his cultural activism to the subject of climate change: if we continue to live as we do now, , he argues, there will be no world left for us to fix. The book imagines a seris of messages – sent to us from beyond the end, from those who saw it coming – exhorting us to change now. Combining fiction, essay and poetry, Tiger Work showcases Okri's classic blend of storytelling, fantasy and magic and makes a case for the importance of writers in shaping our responses to the climate crisis.
'Both a work of lyrical imagination and a warning about the dangers we will face unless we take immediate action' New Yorker
“Ben Okri is that rare thing: a literary and social visionary.” Ali Smith
'Okri's otherworldly literary approach has produced masterpieces.' Independent on Sunday.
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