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Astonishing the Gods

Astonishing the Gods

Ben Okri
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A young man finds himself among invisible beings who have built a world based on one principle: that we must repeat every experience until we live it fully for the first time. “Only then can we find what we didn’t seek and go where we don’t intend to go.”
Ben Okri navigates the world at once as a writer, an artist, a musician, and a philosopher—in the process, he challenges our craving for the visual and the concrete. We read him not only with our eyes but also with our senses, our intuition. As his story unfolds we begin to inhabit the ineffable land that he creates, our imagination led to a place where what we once thought were fundamental truths are turned magically on their heads.  
In the difficult times we live in, in an age decimated by injustice and inequality, Okri brings unexpected insights as meaningful as they are transformative. 
“Maybe what seeks us is better than what we seek.”


Ben Okri is a poet, novelist, essayist, short-story writer, anthologist, aphorist, and playwright. He has also written screenplays. His works have won numerous national and international prizes, including the Booker Prize for Fiction.


  • Publisher: ‎Other Press (March 15, 2022)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: ‎176 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1635422655
  • ISBN-13: ‎9781635422658
  • Item Weight: 6.2 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎4.99 x 0.51 x 7.48 inches
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