The Famished Road: Ben Okris Imaginary Homelands Vanessa Guignery

ISBN: 9781443845342

Published: April 1st 2013

Hardcover

180 pages


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The Famished Road: Ben Okris Imaginary Homelands  by  Vanessa Guignery

The Famished Road: Ben Okris Imaginary Homelands by Vanessa Guignery
April 1st 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 180 pages | ISBN: 9781443845342 | 6.58 Mb

Some twenty years after the publication of Ben Okris 1991 Booker Prize winning novel, The Famished Road, this volume proposes a spiralling journey into the imaginary homelands of its main protagonist, the adventurous spirit-child Azaro. Over theMoreSome twenty years after the publication of Ben Okris 1991 Booker Prize winning novel, The Famished Road, this volume proposes a spiralling journey into the imaginary homelands of its main protagonist, the adventurous spirit-child Azaro.

Over the years, The Famished Road has been attributed a variety of mixed and sometimes contradictory labels (postcolonial, magic realist, mythopoeic, new ageist, picaresque, epic, to name just a few). Contributors to this volume have chosen to look beyond pre-conceived patterns and categories in order to embrace the otherness of the text and accept to be challenged by it. Disentangling themselves from the rationality of Western discourses, they have opened their minds to unfamiliar ground and new modes of being and seeing the world, which entailed bringing together various structures of feeling, modes of knowledge and protocols of representation, both African and Western.

The purpose of this volume is therefore to offer new ways of reading The Famished Road that testify to the richness of Okris poetic prose and his reliance on indigenous mythical and oral traditions. The volume also includes an exclusive interview with Ben Okri who provides an insight into his writing processes and discusses the main themes, narrative techniques and literary strategies at work in The Famished Road.



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