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Fishermen

«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

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. Les mer

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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 prophecy 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.

Detaljer

Forlag
ONE
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781911590101
Utgivelsesår
2018
Format
20 x 13 cm
Priser
Short-listed for Man Booker Prize 2015.

Om forfatteren

Chigozie Obioma was born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria, and currently lives in the United States. He graduated from the University of Michigan with an MFA in Creative Writing, and is now an assistant professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The Fishermen is his first novel.

Anmeldelser

«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

«Full of deceptive simplicity, lyrical language and playful Igbo mythology and humour...an impressive and beautifully imagined work»

Economist

«Equal parts supernatural fable, rip-roaring schoolboy adventure and period re-enactment»

Observer, Paperback of the Week

«There is much to recommend in this debut, not least the insights into Nigerian culture and history...The novel excels in its depiction of the tribal landscape and the townspeople»

Irish Times

«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

«Reveals Nigeria's historical, political and cultural complexity»

Big Issue

«A debut that is packed with power and tragedy»

Shortlist

«A novel with an intimate canvas but also an undercurrent of something larger, more primal»

We Love This Book

«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

«A passionate, jostling and flamboyant piece of work»

Daily Telegraph

«A mighty fry-up of pop culture, fable and verbal invention»

New Statesman

«Terrific»

Irish Examiner

«A startling debut...auspicious...leaps off the pages»

Mariella Frostrup, Open Book

«Nowhere is the mythic quality of The Fishermen felt more than in its...vivid images, often drawn from the natural world, through which its narrator recalls his childhood»

Lorien Kite, Financial Times

«Mythic... a truly magnificent debut»

Eleanor Catton, author of 'The Luminaries'

«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'

«An exciting new voice in African literary fiction...astonishingly vivid...beautifully written...read it slowly, savour the writing, enjoy»

Bookbag

«Skilfully building the atmosphere from light and innocent to ominous and mysterious, gradually becoming claustrophobic and ultimately tragic...engrossing»

Curious Animal Magazine, Book of the Month

«[A] strange, imaginative debut...A convincing modern narrative and... a majestic reimagining of timeless folklore»

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

«[A] lively, energetic debut novel...the talented Obioma exhibits a richly nuanced understanding of culture and character. A powerful, haunting tale of grief, healing, and sibling loyalty»

Kirkus

«[An] elegantly near-mythic debut novel..a deeply personal story that mirrors the larger social and political tensions in Africa... All fiction readers will enjoy»

Library Journal

«This book is astonishing...The writing is perfectly tuned, lyrical in places and bracing in others»

BookRiot

«An entrancing modern-day legend... Mr. Obioma's long-limbed and elegant writing is shot through with strikingly elevated phrasings... rich with ancient themes of filial love, fratricide, vengeance and fate... its power is unmistakable»

Wall Street Journal

«Storytelling at its most captivating...The Fishermen is a must-read»

Brittle Paper

«Chigozie Obioma truly is the heir to Chinua Achebe»

The New York Times

«Darkly mythic...a kind of African Cormac McCarthy, committed to a stark vision of life in which our pretensions to civilisation are forever held up and exposed as skin deep»

USA Today

«[A] confident début novel... frank and lyrical»

New Yorker

«Obioma brings terrific authorial dexterity to the family's story and its small place in Nigeria, and evokes a worldview which brings with it a terrible tragedy. This is the best novel I have read so far this year, and that, I can assure you, is saying plenty.»

Kathrine A. Powers, Christian Science Monitor

«Outstanding... sits finely balanced on the cusp between myth and reality»

Intelligent Life

«The Fishermen is compelling stuff, acute and remorseless»

Literary Review

«The best debut of the year by some distance»

Alex Preston, Observer

«Astonishing... The writing is so crisp, the story so unusual, that I couldn't put the book down even though it disturbed me. It was written to disturb. Four brothers, conceived by their parents to become happy and successful men, become instead harbingers of immense torment and grief. Someone must have observed that it is our children who can break us, when all other systems of oppression have failed. That is part of the tidings of this remarkable, mythic, book»

Alice Walker, author of 'The Color Purple'

«Darkly beautiful and strikingly original»

The Lady

«Steeped in African culture [The Fishermen] takes you on a journey that is simultaneously heart-warming and heart-wrenching»

Cub Magazine

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