SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 MAN BOOKER PRIZE
Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award
Winner of the FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Award
Longlisted for the Etisalat Prize for Literature
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 prophesy 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.