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WINNER OF THE 2016 NAACP IMAGE AWARDS IN THE OUTSTANDING LITERARY WORK - DEBUT AUTHOR CATEGORYSHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 MAN BOOKER PRIZESHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARDIn 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 prophecy 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 in world literature.PRAISE FOR CHIGOZIE OBOMA'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' The Guardian'[S]tructurally complex a novel of uncommon grace.' The Saturday Age