Slaughter Beneath The Bridge
While The Landscapes Within did denote a noticeable development on his first novel, Okri was conscious that he needed to develop a new form of writing that was capable of supporting the weight of his Nigerian experiences, now viewed from London.
The other side of Okri’s work shows a deep understanding with the phrase ‘magical realism’, which was first introduced by Franz Roh, a German art critic. According to him it was a way of representing and responding to reality and pictorially depicting the enigmas of reality.
In canonizing Okri’s most celebrated work and a major standout of the African canon, according to the West, The Famished Road along with short stories like Laughter Beneath the Bridge, Converging City, Disparities, Incidents at the Shrine, The Dream-vendor’s August and A Hidden History have endured all sorts of tags: fabulist, magical realist, experimental, modernist, postmodernist, avant-garde. This is to say it is different even by the most different standards. Because all these are demanding to read, structurally firm in its non-linearity, persistently cyclical, devoutly episodic and always challenging of logical narrative arcs and conventional literary