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The Freedom Artist

By: Ben Okri
Narrated by: Ben Okri
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In a world uncomfortably like our own, a young woman called Alamantis is arrested for asking a question. Her question is this: who is the Prisoner? 

When Alamantis disappears, her lover Karnak goes looking for her. He searches desperately at first, then with a growing realisation. To find Amalantis, he must first understand the meaning of her question. 

Karnak's search leads him into a terrifying world of lies, oppression and fear at the heart of which lies the Prison. Then Karnak discovers that he is not the only one looking for the truth. 

The Freedom Artist is an impassioned plea for justice and a penetrating examination of how freedom is threatened in a post-truth society. In Ben Okri's most significant novel since the Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road, he delivers a powerful and haunting call to arms. 

©2019 Ben Okri (P)2019 Head of Zeus

Critic Reviews

Praise for Ben Okri: "Ben Okri is that rare thing, a literary and social visionary, a writer for whom all three - literature, culture and vision - are profoundly interwoven." (Ali Smith)

"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) 

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