African Book Festival headliner Ben Okri on unpacking life’s mysteries through fiction

Ben Okri, a Man Booker Prize winner and author of 11 novels, came to Berlin this month to headline Berlin's African Book Festival. We talked with him about his work and delving into the mystery of life through narrative.

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By Charlotte Billing

In 1991, Nigerian writer Ben Okri won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction at the age of 32, making him the youngest-ever recipient of the award at the time. This year, Okri published his newest novel, “The Freedom Artist,” and paid a visit to Berlin to headline the city’s second annual African Book Festival.

We talked with him about parsing through the “incomplete mystery” of the world in his novels.

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