Freedom Artist

TitleFreedom Artist
Year for Search2019
AuthorsOkri, Ben (b. 1959)
Date Published2019
PublisherHead of Zeus
Place PublishedLondon
KeywordsEnglish author, Male author, Nigerian author
Annotation

The novel tells how the people of the country come to free themselves from the Hierarchy, a particularly vicious authoritarian dystopia told through the stories of three main characters, a boy whose grandfather has passed on the traditional myths, a man whose lover is suddenly taken by the police for speaking forbidden words, and a girl whose father is imprisoned for writing. All the old myths are rewritten to support the current situation and all other books are burned. 

Additional Publishers

U. S. ed. Brooklyn, NY: Akashic Books, 2020

Holding Institutions

Public

Author Note

The author was born in Nigeria, lived and attended school in England from childhood to early teens, lived in Nigeria from then to 1978, when he returned to England, where he lives. He won the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1991 for The Famished Road.

Full Text

2019 Okri, Ben (b. 1959). Freedom Artist. London: Head of Zeus. U. S. ed. Brooklyn, NY: Akashic Books, 2020. Public

The novel tells how the people of the country come to free themselves from the Hierarchy, a particularly vicious authoritarian dystopia told through the stories of three main characters, a boy whose grandfather has passed on the traditional myths, a man whose lover is suddenly taken by the police for speaking forbidden words, and a girl whose father is imprisoned for writing. All the old myths are rewritten to support the current situation and all other books are burned. The author was born in Nigeria, lived and attended school in England from childhood to early teens, lived in Nigeria from then to 1978, when he returned to England, where he lives. He won the Booker Prize for Fiction in 1991 for The Famished Road.