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Fishermen

Fishermen
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
Our Price: €17.48
ISBN/EAN9780957548855
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Publisher: Pushkin Press
Pub. Date: February 26 2015
Author: OBIOMA, CHIGOZIE
Format: Hardback
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LONGLISTED 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. NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PRAISE FOR THE FISHERMEN: 'In his exploration of the mysterious and the murderous, of the terrors that can take hold of the human mind, of the colors of life in Africa...and most of all in his ability to create dramatic tension in this most human of African stories, Chigozie Obioma truly is the heir to Chinua Achebe' The New York Times 'A confident debut novel.
..frank and lyrical' New Yorker 'A startling debut...leaps off the pages' Mariella Frostrup, BBC Radio 4 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' Financial Times '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 'Suffused with an air of legend and the supernatural...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 'Packed with power and tragedy' Shortlist 'Hardly anyone writing today is delivering this level of intricacy, lyricism and control...it just doesn't get better than this' Alexandra Fuller, author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight and Leaving Before the Rains Come 'A novel with an intimate canvas but also an undercurrent of something larger, more primal' We Love This Book 'An exciting new voice in African literary fiction...astonishingly vivid.
..beautifully written...read it slowly, savour the writing, enjoy' Bookbag '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 '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 'Finely crafted, technically precise and deftly structured. I loved it...Should I call Obioma the next Bulawayo? Adichie or Achebe? He could be called all of these things, but The Fishermen is also...a novel that is all its own' The Millions 'Excellent...Chigozie Obioma writes with sophistication and inventiveness...a dark and beautiful book by a writer with seemingly endless promise' NPR 'Searing, incandescent' Harvard Crimson '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' Publisher's Weekly, Starred review 'Elegantly near-mythic...Obioma's quietly unfolding story of family tragedy gathers strength as its cycle of violence spins faster and faster.
All fiction readers will enjoy' Library Journal, Starred review 'A lively, energetic debut novel...the talented Obioma exhibits a richly nuanced understanding of cultu
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