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In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990s, 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 Cain and Abel-esque 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "[A] darkly mythic first novel [that] feels as if it might predate modernity itself.”

    USA Today

  • “Frank and lyrical.”

    New Yorker

  • The Fishermen can be read as an allegory of the civic disarray in Nigeria under military rule. But it’s also rich with ancient themes of filial love, fratricide, vengeance and fate. Its lessons may be slippery, but its power is unmistakable.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “The tale has a timeless quality that renders it almost allegorical, and it is the more powerful for it…A striking, controlled, and masterfully taut debut.”

    Financial Times

  • “Chukwudi Iwuji captures Nigerian speech in slightly accented English. This gives the narrative an authentic sound—as if the listener is hearing the recollections of a friend’s past instead of a novel. The story moves forward steadily with Iwuji’s consistent pace. He dramatizes many of the older characters with a theatrical quality distinguished by pauses and louder volume. The listener is especially drawn to the playful perspectives of boys nearing the end of their innocence.”


  • “Chigozie Obioma truly is the heir to Chinua Achebe.”

    New York Times

  • “Rich and hypnotic, nearly every page is filled with an unexpected and perfectly rendered description…a dark and beautiful book by a writer with seemingly endless promise.”


  • “The most frustrating thing about The Fishermen is that the author has no other books for the reader to devour once the final page is reached.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “May be the most interesting debut novel to emerge from Nigeria this year… full of deceptive simplicity, lyrical language, and playful Igbo mythology and humor … an impressive and beautifully imagined work.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2015 Man Booker Prize Shortlist Selection
  • A 2015 Guardian First Book Award Shortlist Selection
  • A Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize Shortlist Selection
  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice Selection
  • O Magazine’s Ten Titles to Pick Up Now for June
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • Winner of the 2016 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction
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