The Famished Road

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The Famished Road


Fluctuating between magical and literary realism, Ben Okri’s The Famished Road is a novel that shifts between African folklore traditions and the literary styles of the West. Set in an unnamed postcolonial Nigerian city, The Famished Road follows Azaro, an abiku or spirit child from Yoruban folklore, as he is pulled between the mortal world with his family and the spirit world that is calling to him. Okri’s blend of the magical and the realistic reveals the friction between the legacy of colonialism and the African traditions within a postcolonial country. This blurring of realities is exemplified in the passage above that seamlessly melds both worlds Azaro walks between.


Ben Okri


New York: Doubleday, 1992.




Ben Okri, “The Famished Road,” Grisham Bookshelf, accessed December 3, 2022,

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