Changing Destiny (Paperback)
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A bold new adaptation of the 4,000-year-old Egyptian poem about Warrior King Sinuhe that captures the essence of civilization and the complexities of immigration, from the Booker Prize–winning author.
Forced to flee Egypt, Sinuhe is captured as a prisoner of war by the foreign Kingdom of Retenu. Stripped of status and tormented by memories, Sinuhe will need great force of will to survive as a stranger in an unknown land. But can he transcend the mysterious powers of Egypt and the tribulations of exile?
With two actors incarnating a multitude of characters, Ben Okri’s play recreates one of the world’s first known stories, a timeless tale about the strength of the human spirit.
About the Author
Ben Okri is a playwright, poet, novelist, essayist, short-story writer, anthologist, and aphorist. 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, the play Changing Destiny, the genre-bending climate fiction Tiger Work, the poetry collections A Fire in My Head and Mental Fight, and the novels Astonishing the Gods, The Last Gift of the Master Artists, and Dangerous Love. In 2023 he received a knighthood for services to literature.
“In this new adaptation…the ancient story of the warrior king Sinuhe is brought to intriguing new life.” —The Telegraph
“Fascinating…Fans of Egyptian history, short stories, and plays and those with deep philosophical questions will enjoy this text. Often triggering thoughtful retrospection and occasionally offering surprising splashes of humor, Okri’s play is recommended for readers who have questioned their place in the world.” —Library Journal
Praise for Ben Okri:
“Okri is a master in knowing what is better left unsaid…each word chosen is vital.” —Los Angeles Review of Books
“Ben Okri is that rare thing, a literary and social visionary, a writer for whom all three—literature, culture, and vision—are profoundly interwoven.” —Ali Smith
“Fiction’s master of enchantments stares down a real horror, and without blinking or flinching, produces a work of beauty, grace, and uncommon power.” —Marlon James
“I love the mythical, fablelike quality of his stories. There is something very comforting and ancient about them.” —Alan Cumming