NOTICE: Schomburg Shop is closed for inventory June 30-July 2.

A Prayer for the Living

A Prayer for the Living

Regular price
Sale price

Topical and timely, Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri's new collection of short stories blur parallel realities and walk the line between darkness and magic.

Is what you see all there is? Look again.

Playful, frightening, even shocking—the stories in this collection blur the lines between illusion and reality. This is a writer at the height of his power, making the reader think, making them laugh, and sometimes making them want to look away while holding their gaze.

Stories here are set in London, in Byzantium, in the ghetto, in the Andes, in a printer's shop in Spain. The characters include a murderer, a writer, a detective, a man in a cave, a man in a mirror, two little boys, a prison door, and the author himself.

There are 23 stories in all. Each one will make you wonder if what you see in the world is all there is.

About the Author

Ben Okri is the Booker Prize-winning author of The Famished Road. He is considered one of the foremost African authors in the post-modern and post-colonial traditions. His other prizes and honors include the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, Guardian Fiction Prize, Order of the British Empire, and many more. He is the author of The Age of Magic, Astonishing the Gods, and A Way of Being Free.
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 240 pages
  • Item Weight : 5.9 ounces
  • Dimensions : 7.76 x 0.71 x 5.08 inches