A new novel from Ben Okri is always something to savour. Since he won the Booker Prize with The Famished Road over twenty years ago, he has published both novels and poetry and this new work employs all his storyteller’s skill to combine a bleak dystopian future with a fable of our times.
A young woman is arrested for asking “Who is the Prisoner?” and after her disappearance, her lover searches for her and, increasingly, the answer to her question. His quest leads him into a terrifying world of oppression and fear with the Prison at its heart. A call to arms as much as a quest for truth, Ben Okri has described this book as “the novel I have been wanting to write for a long time. Maybe all my life”.