A beautiful hardcover Contemporary Classics edition of Nigerian author Ben Okri's lushly imaginative novel, which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1991.
The narrator of The Famished Road is a spirit-child who exists between life and death, destined to an endless cycle of death and rebirth. But this time, born with a smile on his face, Azaro begins to fall in love with life and to rebel against his fate.
The story the child tells flows between the difficulties of the land of the living and the carefree world of spirits. Okri infuses a vivid portrait of an unnamed West African country with the rich traditions of African mythology and the result is a powerfully haunting masterpiece.
“A mesmerizing vision of modern Nigeria, seen through the eyes of a peculiarly sentient child…. The Famished Road is a quintessential African novel.” - The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Dazzling, hypnotic...a true feast for the word hungry.” - San Francisco Chronicle