Chigozie Obioma was born in Akure, Nigeria. He was an OMI fellow at Ledig House, New York, and has won Hopwood Awards for fiction and poetry. He has lived in Nigeria, Cyprus, Turkey and currently lives in the United States where he is a Helen Zell Fellow in creative writing at the University of Michigan. An excerpt of THE FISHERMEN was published in the Virginia Quarterly Review.
Four brothers encounter a madman whose prophecy of violence threatens the core of their family in this exciting debut novel.
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.