Dangerous Love: A Novel (Paperback)
From the Booker Prize–winning author of The Famished Road, a classic story of doomed love in a country trying to come to terms with its violent past.
An epic of daily life, Dangerous Love is one of Ben Okri’s most accessible and most disarming novels.
Omovo is an office worker and artist who lives at home with his father and his father’s second wife. In the communal world of the compound in which he lives, Omovo has both friends and enemies, but his most important relationship is with Ifeyiwa, a beautiful young married woman whom he loves with an almost hopeless passion—not because she doesn’t return his love, but because they can never be together.
Against the backdrop of Nigeria’s civil war, Ben Okri creates an atmosphere where passion takes on a wholly different dimension as danger, greed, hunger, and betrayal loom at every turn.
About the Author
Ben Okri is a poet, novelist, essayist, short-story writer, anthologist, aphorist, and playwright. He has also written film scripts. His works have won numerous national and international prizes, including the Booker Prize for Fiction. His books include the eco-fable Every Leaf a Hallelujah, poetry collection A Fire in My Head, and novels Astonishing the Gods and The Last Gift of the Master Artists, all published by Other Press in 2022.
“Sublime…Okri’s beautiful prose has the cadence of poetry and a singular voice…this stands as one of Okri’s most powerful and accessible works.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Had me enchanted from the first page to the last.” —Sunday Telegraph
“Poetic writing of a very high order…tender, nightmarish, wise, and soulful.” —Daily Telegraph
“Intelligent and moving.” —The Spectator