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<p><b>The moment before the world changed and innocence was lost – Ben Okri's breathtaking novel about life in the time immediately before the arrival of the Atlantic slavers restores the full vibrancy of a lost history to his Nigerian homeland. </b></p><p>Two lovers meet for the first time. One is the son of a King, struggling to find his place in the world, the other is the gifted daughter of a master craftsman from a famous but secretive tribe. The young people meet accidentally, just for a moment, by the river. They vow to meet again. When the girl fails to show up at the arranged time, the Prince begins a search for her that takes him into the heart of the secretive tribe, and gives his own enemies the chance they have been hoping for to destroy him.</p><p>Mysterious ships are glimpsed, like ghosts, on the horizon, hidden in bays, glanced between trees in the forest. A white wind begins to blow through the world. And with it, things begin to disappear, song, stories, sculptures, and finally people.</p><p><i>The book was previously published as</i> Starbook <i>in 2008. It has been substantially rewritten. The first reception of the book did not reference the slavery aspects or saw them as allegorical. This re-publishing is a chance to put that right in the light of contemporary acknowledgement of historical and current injustices. </i></p><p><b>Reviews for Ben Okri: </b></p><p>'Ben Okri is that rare thing, a literary and social visionary, a writer for whom all three – literature, culture and vision – are profoundly interwoven' <b>Ali Smith</b></p><p>'Where fiction's master of enchantments stares down a real horror, and without blinking or flinching, produces a work of beauty, grace and uncommon power' <b>Marlon James</b></p>

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9781838935870
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Apollo
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Fiction
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330
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<p>A novel about life in the time immediately before the arrival of the Atlantic slavers. Two lovers meet for the first time. One is the son of a king, struggling to find his place in the world, the other is the gifted daughter of a master craftsman from a famous but secretive tribe...</p>

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<b>PRAISE FOR BEN OKRI</b>: <br />
'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. <br />
'Where fiction's master of enchantments stares down a real horror, and without blinking or flinching, produces a work of beauty, grace and uncommon power'

Marlon James, on The Freedom Artist.

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ISBN
9781803285672
Format
Hardback
Title
The Last Gift of the Master Artists
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9781803285689
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Trade Paperback
Title
The Last Gift of the Master Artists
ISBN
9781838935870
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Paperback
Title
The Last Gift of the Master Artists
ISBN
9781838935887
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eBook
Title
The Last Gift of the Master Artists
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<p>First explicit account of the impact of slavery from a major British African writer.</p>

<p>Simultaneously published with US publisher as part of relaunch of Okri backlist in US.</p>

<p>MARKET: Yaa Gyasi; Elif Shafak; Bernadine Evaristo's <i>Blonde Roots</i>.</p>

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