This first ever full-length study of Ben Okri's life and work is based on twenty years of friendship and close attention to his texts. It argues that his writing is best appreciated against the background of his early exposure to the Nigerian Civil War (1967-70) and his attempts since then to forge a medium of conciliation through literature. "We live by stories", Okri once wrote, "We also live in them". Following him from Lagos to London and from obscurity to recognition, Fraser interprets Okri's successive books as refashionings of his inner and outer narrative space. Okri's fiction, essays and poems beckon us through the shabby but vibrant streets of the strife-ridden metropolis towards a potential city of justice, sincerity and peace.
Robert Fraser is Senior Research Fellow at the Open University.
216 × 138 mm
January 9, 2002
Writers and their Work