Title: THE FISHERMEN
Author: CHIGOZIE OBIOMA
Genre: Prose Fiction
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Year of Publication: 2015
ISBN: 0316338370 (10), 978-0316338370 (13)
- Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize For Fiction
- Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award
- Shortlisted for the FT/Oppenheimer Awards
- Shortlisted for center for Fiction First Novel Prize
- Shortlisted for Edinburgh Festival First Book Award
In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990’s, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit 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 1990’s Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their strict 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 ominous, forbidden nearby river, they meet 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, this is an essential novel about Africa with all of its contradictions-economic, political, and religious-and the epic beauty of its own culture.
- Of Fishermen and Fish-sized Dreams: A Review of Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen
- Making myths: Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen
- The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma, review: Bold new voice brings brothers’ dark tale to life
Purchase THE FISHERMEN:
I am a member of the WRR editorial team.