An African Elegy

ISBN: 0099736012
ISBN 13: 9780099736011
By: Ben Okri Benl Oki Okri Ben

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About this book

Dreams are the currency of Okri's writing, particularly in this first book of poems, An African Elegy, but also in his books of short stories and prize-winning novel The Famished Road. Okri's dreams are made on the stuff of Africa's colossal economic and political problems, and reading the poems is to experience a constant succession of metaphors of resolution in both senses of the word. Virtually every poem contains an exhortation to climb out of the African miasma, and virtually every poem harvests the dream of itself with an upbeat restorative ending' - Giles Foden, Times Literary Supplement

Reader's Thoughts


I'm a fan of the quite simple style and the themes that Okri draws out as running through time. War, jealousy, love, enchantment.

Leanne Bell

Found this on a second hand stall in the students union many years ago. Just brilliant. Contains my favourite poem in the world, "To an English friend in Africa".

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