Set in Nigeria, a country failing to come to terms with the atrocity of a recent civil war and the echo of that violence, "Dangerous Love" tells the story of a young man, Omovo, an office-worker and artist, who lives at home with his father and his father's second wife. In the communal world of the compound in which he lives, Omovo has many friends and some enemies, but most important of all there is Ifeyiwa, a beautiful young married woman who he loves with an almost hopeless passion - not because she doesn't return his love, but because they can never be together. Okri builds a vivid picture of Nigerian life: of the compound with its complete lack of privacy, the gossip, the good times, the street life, the complex nature of family relationships and the kindness and treachery of friends. Overshadowing everything is the image of a nation struggling to come to terms with the atrocity of the recent civil war, the echoes of which presage the story's tragic tale.
- Paperback | 272 pages
- 128 x 196 x 34mm | 340.19g
- 01 May 2012
- Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
- Parklands, South Africa
Often described as one of Africa's greatest writers, Ben Okri has published nine novels, as well as collections of poetry, short stories and essays. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages and he has been awarded numerous international prizes, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Africa, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction and the Chianti Ruffino-Antico Fattore International Literary Prize. He is Vice-President of the English Centre of PEN International and was presented with a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. His best-known work, The Famished Road, was awarded the 1991 Booker Prize. Born in Nigeria, he now lives in London.
About Ben Okri
Ben Okri is a Nigerian poet and novelist. Having spent his early childhood in London, he and his family returned to Nigeria in 1968. He later came back to England, embarking on studies at the University of Essex. He has received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Westminster and the University of Essex, and was awarded an OBE in 2001. Since he published his first novel, Flowers and Shadows, Okri has risen to international acclaim, and he is often described as one of Africa's greatest writers. His best known work, The Famished Road, was awarded the 1991 Booker Prize. He has won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Africa, the Aga Khan Prize for Fiction, and a Crystal Award by the World Economic Forum. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He lives in London.