In this dazzling debut novel, four young brothers in a small
Nigerian town encounter a madman, whose prophecy of violence
threatens the core of their family 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.
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