Mental Fight: Abridged

Mental Fight: Abridged

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In the inspirational style of Astonishing the Gods and his shorter work Birds of Heaven, Ben Okri has created an epic poem, intended as a celebration of our achievements at the end of the 20th century and a rallying cry for the next. Following the theme of his extremely successful inaugural Scotsman lecture at the Edinburgh Book Festival in 1997, the first two sections of the poem appeared in The Times on 2 January 1999, described then as an 'angry, hopeful, weary, wary, epic reveille to the human spirit.' Strongly political, the complete poem touches on issues of racism, intolerance, environmental destruction : We praise our capacity for reason,/But are unreasonably intolerant/Of other people's validity, and reasons. We deploy the finest attributes/Of the mind and spirit/To make ourselves the elect And to cast our fellow travellers/On this earth into outer darkness. What a wonder is humanity:/How marvellous its astonishing gift/For hypocrisy.'show more

Product details

  • Audio cassette
  • 110 x 140 x 17mm | 94g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 075283195X
  • 9780752831954

About Ben Okri

Ben Okri was born in Nigeria and now lives in London. He has published fiction (short stories and novels), poetry and essays. He has won numerous prizes for his work. Ben Okri was born in Minna, Nigeria and now lives in London. He is the author of many novels, including the Booker-winning The Famished Road and has also published poetry. A volume of poetry, An African Elegy, was published in more

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'His rich deep voice quickly becomes hypnotic, the heightened nature of the language impressing where more prosaic text would not.' TIME OUTshow more