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The Fishermen

(2015)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
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 listeners. 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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Hardback Editions

September 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Fishermen (Thorndike Press Large Print Reviewers' Choice)
Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
ISBN: 1-4104-8256-1 / 978-1-4104-8256-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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April 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Fishermen: A Novel
Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
ISBN: 0-316-33837-0 / 978-0-316-33837-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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2012 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Fishermen
Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
ISBN: 0-9575488-5-0 / 978-0-9575488-5-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ONE
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Paperback Editions

July 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Fishermen: A Novel
Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
ISBN: 0-316-33835-4 / 978-0-316-33835-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Back Bay Books
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March 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Fishermen (Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize)
Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
ISBN: 0-9575488-6-9 / 978-0-9575488-6-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: One
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February 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Fishermen
Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
ISBN: 0-9929182-4-3 / 978-0-9929182-4-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: ONE
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Audio Editions

October 2016 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Fishermen
Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
ISBN: 1-5100-2451-4 / 978-1-5100-2451-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Whole Story Audio Books
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October 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Fishermen
Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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October 2015 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Fishermen
Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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October 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Fishermen
Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
ISBN: 1-4789-6473-1 / 978-1-4789-6473-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
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October 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Fishermen: A Novel
Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
ISBN: 1-4789-6474-X / 978-1-4789-6474-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Hachette Audio and Blackstone Audio
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April 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Fishermen: A Novel
Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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April 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Fishermen: A Novel
Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
Publisher: Hachette Audio
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Kindle Editions

April 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Fishermen: A Novel
Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
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February 2015 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Fishermen
Author(s): Chigozie Obioma
Publisher: ONE
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