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The Fishermen

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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
'Obioma's beautiful, quasi-biblical allegory-like debut... is set to be one of the novels of the year' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

'A startling debut... auspicious... leaps off the pages' Mariella Frostrup, Open Book

'A striking, controlled and masterfully taut debut... The tale has a timeless quality that renders it almost allegorical and it is the more powerful for it' FT

'It's like being in a Zola or Theodore Dreiser novel... The Fishermen is an elegy to lost promise… and yet it remains hopeful about the redemptive possibilities of a new generation' Guardian

'Awesome in the true sense of the word... a truly magnificent debut' Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries

'Suffused with an air of legend and the supernatural... The Fishermen establishes Obioma as a writer to be taken seriously... ingenious, subtle, ambitious and intriguing' TLS

'Terrific' Irish Examiner

'Full of deceptive simplicity, lyrical language and playful Igbo mythology and humour... an impressive and beautifully imagined work' Economist'A novel with an intimate canvas but also an undercurrent of something larger, more primal' We Love This Book

'A debut that is packed with power and tragedy' Shortlist

'Chigozie Obioma truly is the heir to Chinua Achebe' The New York Times

'Mr Obioma's long-limbed and elegant writing is shot through with strikingly elevated phrasings… its lessons may be slippery, but its power is unmistakable' Wall Street Journal

'The most frustrating thing about The Fishermen is that the author has no other books for the reader to devour once the final page is reached' Chicago Tribune

'Searing, incandescent' Harvard Crimson

'Succeeds as a convincing modern narrative and as a majestic reimagining of timeless folklore' Publisher's Weekly, Starred review

'A powerful, haunting tale of grief, healing, and sibling loyalty' Kirkus

'Darkly mythic... a kind of African Cormac McCarthy' USA Today

'[A] confident début novel... frank and lyrical' New Yorker

From Publishers Weekly

23 February 2015 – Seamlessly interweaving the everyday and the elemental, Obioma's strange, imaginative debut the translation rights to which have been sold in 12 countries probes the nature of belief and the power of family bonds. Set in 1990s Nigeria, it is narrated by Benjamin Agwu, who is nine when his father departs for a distant banking job, leaving his wife and six children behind in the village of Akure. Despite stern admonitions, the four oldest brothers soon test their mother's discipline. Their worst transgression is to fish in the Omi-Ala, a once-pure river that has become dirty and dangerous. There they encounter a mentally ill man named Abulu, who is locally believed to have powers of prophecy. Inexplicably, Abulu knows the eldest Agwu brother, Ikenna, by name. In a trance, he foretells the teenager's death in detail, adding that it will be at "the hands of a fisherman." Convinced that one of his brothers will kill him, Ikenna is enraged and destructive, isolating himself and throwing his home into chaos; ultimately, not just Ikenna but the whole family will be transformed by the power of Abulu's words. Obioma excels at juxtaposing sharp observation, rich images of the natural world, and motifs from biblical and tribal lore; his novel succeeds as a convincing modern narrative and as a majestic reimagining of timeless folklore.

Customer Reviews

Brilliant read!

This is one of the best I have read in a long time. Powerful, moving, gripping.....a MUST read!

A fab read

Chigozie's 'The Fishermen' is an intricately woven tale which grips you to the very last page. Truly spellbinding.

Page turner!

Amazing read. Loved every word. Didn't want it to end and experienced a sense of loss when it did. Thumbs up.

The Fishermen
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  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: 26 February 2015
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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