Like other magical realist authors such as Isabel Allende, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Allejo Carpentier, Syl Cheney-Coker, Kojo Laing, Mario Vargas Llosa, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Toni Morrison, Ben Okri has his own idea that overwhelms the possibility of rejuvenation in magical realism.
Magical realism as a journey of soul searching plays its vital role. Ben Okri along with other African writers has done a great work which is long lasting. Taking a glimpse at the work of other African writers I have discovered that Chinua Achebe’s (1930-2013) most famous work, Things Fall Apart (1958) represents a clash between traditional tribal …show more content…
The impacts of imperialism have mixed the true identity of the natives and they are struggling against the journey of soul searching. What were they in the past? What are they becoming in the present and what will be their future identity being Africans?
A contemporary female writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi’s (1970) works are primarily character driven, interweaving the background of her native Nigeria and social political events into the narrative. Her latest novel “Americanah” (2013) portrays the life of Nigerian immigrant and race relations in American and the Western world. So the journey of soul searching does not seem ending in her works.
Ayi Kwei Armah, an African writer, expresses intense powerful depictions of political devastations and social frustration in his novels. His most notable work, “The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born (1968) tells the story of an unnamed protagonist, who does not understand his self and his country in the wake of post-independence which is an open example of identity mismanagement.
A Nobel Prize winning writer, Nadine Gordimer explores social, moral, and racial issues in Africa under apartheid rule. Her novel “Burger’s Daughter” follows the struggles of a group of anti-apartheid activities which depict the journey of soul