The Fishermen

by Chigozie Obioma

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-knitfamily.

  • Hardcover
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.81 out of 5
  • Published April 14th 2015 by Little, Brown and Company
  • Original Title: The Fishermen
  • ISBN: 0316338370 (ISBN13: 9780316338370)
  • Edition Language: English
  • Literary Awards: Man Booker Prize Nominee (2015)
  • Guardian First Book Award Nominee (2015)
  • The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Nominee for Shortlist (2015)
  • Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Debut Goodreads Author (2015)
  • The FT/Oppenheimer Awards for Shortlist ...more The Ft/Oppenheimer Award (2015)...less

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 story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s 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. 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