The Fisherman


The Fishermen is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria.

Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, in the small town of Akure. When their strict father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers took advantage of his absence to skip school and go fishing.

At the ominous, forbidden nearby river, where they met a dangerous local madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings.

What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact – both tragic and redemptive – will transcend the lives and imaginations of its characters and its readers. Dazzling and viscerally powerful, The Fishermen never leaves Akure but the story it tells has enormous universal appeal, seen through the prism of one family’s destiny.

With this bold debut, Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the most original new voices of modern African literature, echoing its older generation’s masterful storytelling with a contemporary fearlessness and purpose.

The fisherman is an essential novel about Africa with all of its contradictions – economic, political, and religious and the epic beauty of its own culture.

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