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The Fishermen

The Fishermen (Hardback)

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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 MAN BOOKER PRIZE





In this dazzling debut novel, four young brothers in a small Nigerian town encounter a madman, whose prophecy of violence threatens the core of their family Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria. When their father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the forbidden nearby river they encounter a madman, who predicts that one of the brothers will kill another. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact - both tragic and redemptive - will transcend the lives and imaginations of both its characters and its readers. Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the best new voices of modern African literature, echoing its older generation's masterful storytelling with a contemporary fearlessness and purpose.



Fiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Pushkin Press Publication Date: 26/02/2015 ISBN-13: 9780957548855  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Chigozie Obioma was born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria, and currently lives in the United States. He graduated from the University of Michigan with an MFA in Creative Writing, and is now an assistant professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Obioma is the winner of the 2015 FT/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Award. The Fishermen is his first novel.

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This family drama, set in Nigeria with inflections of Greek tragedy, is a gripping read and a stunning debut. In the spirit of Oedipus, an unlikely prophecy becomes terrifyingly real as its subject does everything in his power to avoid it. Baking with the West African heat and stifling in brooding inevitably, the tragedy at the heart of this book is only enhanced by the lyricism of Obioma’s prose.

Marion, Web Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 24/08/2015

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