An impassioned plea for freedom and justice, set in a world uncomfortably like our own.
In Ben Okri's most significant novel since the Man Booker-winning The Famished Road, a young woman is arrested for speaking four simple words "Who is the Prisoner?"
This question resonates throughout the novel, and by the end it has become the question every reader has to ask themselves. The answer is implicit in the revelation at the heart of the story. After her disappearance, a man begins to search for the woman, because he loves her. He searches desperately at first, and then with growing realization.
And we journey with him as he searches, through a frightening, disintegrating world of lies, and violence, and fear. At the heart of this disturbing world lies the Prison. To survive, and to answer the girl's question, the young man, like all of us, has to accept the challenge and fight back.
The Freedom Artist is a penetrating examination of how freedom is threatened in a post-truth society. It's a powerful call to arms.
PRAISE FOR BEN OKRI:
'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.
'A magical book in every sense, a spellbinding, poetic, artistic journey into our collective imaginations and inner selves' Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor.
'Okri's writing has a light-as-air elegance, yet its seriousness keeps the stories gravity-bound' New Statesman.
'In a magnificent feat of sustained imaginative writing, Okri spins a tale that is epic and intimate at the same time' Michael Palin.
'This is a book to generate apostles. People will be moved and, with stars in their eyes, will pass on the word' Time Out.
Number Of Pages: 368
Available: 29th January 2019
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 13.6
Weight (kg): 0.36