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  • Published: 4 March 1992
  • ISBN: 9780099929307
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $19.99

The Famished Road

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Winner of the 1991 Booker Prize and the first book in Okri's acclaimed trilogy

Azaro is a spirit child who is born only to live for a short while before returning to the idyllic world of his spirit companions. Now he has chosen to stay in the world of the living. This is his story.

  • Pub date: 4 March 1992
  • ISBN: 9780099929307
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 592
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Ben Okri

Ben Okri has published 8 novels, including The Famished Road, as well as collections of poetry, short stories and essays. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and has been awarded the OBE as well as numerous international prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Africa, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the Chianti Rufino-Antico Fattore. He is a Vice-President of the English Centre of International PEN and was presented with a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. He was born in Nigeria and lives in London.

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Praise for The Famished Road

“This is a book to generate apostles. People will be moved and, with stars in their eyes, will pass on the word”

Time Out

“Okri is incapable of writing a boring sentence. As one startling image follows the next, The Famished Road begins to read like an epic poem that happens to touch down just this side of prose... When I finished the book and went outside, it was as if all the trees of South London had angels sitting in them”

Linda Grant, Independent on Sunday

“In a magnificent feat of sustained imaginative writing, Okri spins a tale that is epic and intimate at the same time. The Famished Road rekindled my sense of wonder. It made me, at age 50, look at the world through the wide eyes of a child”

Michael Palin

“Overwhelming - just buy it for its beauty”

New Statesman

“The Famished Road is a masterpiece if one ever existed”

Jay Parini, Boston Sunday Globe

“A brilliant read, unlike anything you have ever read before...the message is universal”

The Times

“It is a rich, provocative and hopeful vision of the world, stuffed full of drama and surprise-its literary lineage - the ease with which spirits move through every day life - is from ancient Greece and medieval romances”


“Azaro says that his is "a spiritchild nation, one that keeps being reborn and after each birth comes blood and betrayal". There's a glory in that. Azaro's scary, awesome, hallucinated childhood is a piece of sustained invention that turns out to be glorious in its own right, too”

Angela Carter, Sunday Times

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