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The Fishermen Hardcover – 26 Feb 2015

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: ONE; 01 edition (26 Feb. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957548850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957548855
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.9 x 22.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A masterly debut' Financial Times Books of the Year

'Brimming with life and buzzing with emotion' Nick Barley, Herald Books of the Year

'The best debut of the year by some distance' Alex Preston, Observer Books of the Year

'Lyrical… a writer to watch' Economist Books of the Year

'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

'Obioma's beautiful, quasi-biblical allegory-like debut The Fishermen ... is set to be one of the novels of the year' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

'A passionate, jostling and flamboyant piece of work' Daily Telegraph

'A mighty fry-up of pop culture, fable and verbal invention' New Statesman

'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

'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

'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

From the Author

Chigozie Obioma was born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria. His short stories have appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review and New Madrid. He was a Fall 2012 OMI Fellow at Ledig House, New York. He has lived in Nigeria, Cyprus and Turkey, and currently resides in the United States, where he has completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan. The Fishermen is his first novel.

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