First World English deal for the new imprint
Elena Lappin, Editor of ONE, a new imprint of Pushkin Press, has snapped up World English rights to The Fishermen by 26-year-old Nigerian debut novelist Chigozie Obioma, from Jessica Craig at United Agents and Peter Steinberg of The Steinberg Agency, New York. The author was born in Akure, Nigeria, and is currently a scholarship student in MFA Creative Writing at the University of Michigan.
Told by nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, the novel deals with an unforgettable childhood in a small western Nigerian town in mid 1990s, when the boys use their strict father’s absence from home to go fishing instead of attending school, and become exposed to a local madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of the close-knit family.
Lappin says: ‘I am thrilled to be publishing Chigozie Obioma on my new list. His masterful writing simply took my breath away, in its sheer power to involve the reader in the life of his characters, from the first sentence to the last. There is a similarity with The Kite Runner, in telling a painful story with great beauty and grace. Chigozie Obioma is a unique, dazzling new literary voice.’
‘Obioma is a major new talent, and I was bowled over by the visceral power of The Fishermen.’ – Adam Freudenheim, Publisher of Pushkin Press.
The author said: ‘I am thrilled to be working with Elena Lappin and Adam Freudenheim, and to be on the ONE list. The Fishermen first came to me as a tribute to my many brothers (six of them), and a wake-up call to a dwindling nation – Nigeria. Then it grew into something much more than that; it felt necessary. So I'm thrilled to be with a team with a formidable plan to set off: ONE at Pushkin Press.’
The Fishermen will be published as a lead title in early 2015.
For translation rights, please contact Jessica Craig JCraig@unitedagents.co.uk
For further information about ONE, please contact Katherine Stroud email@example.com