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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.
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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 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.
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 MAN BOOKER PRIZE Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award Winner of the FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Award Longlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature 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 prophesy 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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