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The famished road

Author: Ben Okri
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st Anchor Books edView all editions and formats
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The narrator, Azaro, is an abiku, a spirit child, who in the Yoruba tradition of Nigeria exists between life and death. The life he foresees for himself and the tale he tells is full of sadness and tragedy, but inexplicably he is born with a smile on his face. Nearly called back to the land of the dead, he is resurrected. But in their efforts to save their child, Azaro's loving parents are made destitute. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Allegories
Bildungsromans
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ben Okri
ISBN: 0385425139 9780385425131
OCLC Number: 27146465
Notes: Sequel: Songs of enchantment.
Description: 500 p. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Ben Okri.
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The narrator, Azaro, is an abiku, a spirit child, who in the Yoruba tradition of Nigeria exists between life and death. The life he foresees for himself and the tale he tells is full of sadness and tragedy, but inexplicably he is born with a smile on his face. Nearly called back to the land of the dead, he is resurrected. But in their efforts to save their child, Azaro's loving parents are made destitute. The tension between the land of the living, with its violence and political struggles, and the temptations of the carefree kingdom of the spirits propels this latter-day Lazarus's story.

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