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Born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria, Chigozie Obioma works as the assistant professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and is best known for his 2015 debut novel The Fisherman. This book was in the works since 2009 and was nominated for the Man Booker Prize. He has lived in Nigeria, Cyprus and Turkey.
Chigozie Obioma Books
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015, debut author Chigozie Obioma's The Fishermen takes you to a Nigerian small town where four young brothers encounter with a madman threatens the core of their family.
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The Cain and Abel-esque story is told from the point of view of Benjamin, the youngest of the four brothers. As their father travels to a distant city for work, Benjamin and his brothers skip school and go fishing. But when they end up at a forbidden river, a madman tells them that one day one of the brothers will kill another...
What follows is an almost mythic event with an impact that is both tragic and redemptive.
In a small Nigerian town, Ben and Obembe, along with their two older brothers, slip away to fish at a forbidden river. Unnoticed and carefree, they continue until one day the prophecy of a madman changes the course of their lives forever. Based on the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel by one of Africa's major new voices, New Perspectives, in association with HOME, present Chigozie Obioma's powerful allegory of brotherhood, vengeance and fate in a new adaptation by Fringe First-winning playwright Gbolahan Obisesan.
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In a small town in western Nigeria, four young brothers - the youngest is nine, the oldest fifteen - use their strict father's absence from home to go fishing at a forbidden local river. They encounter a dangerous local madman who predicts that the oldest brother will be killed by another. This prophecy breaks their strong bond and unleashes a tragic chain of events of almost mythic proportions. Passionate and bold, The Fishermen is a breathtakingly beautiful novel firmly rooted in the best of African storytelling. With this powerful debut, Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the most original new voices of modern African literature.
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'CHIGOZIE OBIOMA TRULY IS THE HEIR TO CHINUA ACHEBE' New York Times Book Review 'A WRITER TO WATCH' The Economist 'REMARKABLE' Jennifer Clement 'A DEEPLY EMPATHETIC, COMPLEX AND GUT-WRENCHINGLY HUMAN NARRATIVE' Nicola Dennis-Benn ___________________________________________________________ FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE SHORTLISTED NOVEL, THE FISHERMEN Umuahia, Nigeria. Chinonso, a young poultry farmer, sees a woman attempting to jump to her death from a highway bridge. Horrified by her recklessness, Chinonso joins her on the roadside and hurls two of his most prized chickens into the water below to demonstrate the severity of the fall. The woman, Ndali, is moved by his sacrifice. Bonded by this strange night on the bridge, Chinonso and Ndali fall in love. But Ndali is from a wealthy family, and when they officially object to the union because he is uneducated, Chinonso sells most of his possessions to attend a small college in Cyprus. Once in Cyprus, he discovers that all is not what it seems. Furious at a world which continues to relegate him to the sidelines, Chinonso gets further and further away from his dream, from Ndali and the place he called home. In this contemporary twist of Homer's Odyssey, in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about the tension between destiny and determination.
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