Wednesday, March 15, 2006

From The Writer's Almanac:

It's the birthday of novelist and short-story writer Ben Okri, (books by this author) born in Minna, Nigeria (1959). He lived mainly in England until he was seven years old when his family moved back to Nigeria....

Okri said, "Literature doesn't have a country. Shakespeare is an African writer. ... The characters of Turgenev are ghetto dwellers. Dickens' characters are Nigerians. ... Literature may come from a specific place, but it always lives in its own unique kingdom."

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