I was clearly not on my A-game with these updates last year. But I really, really want to archive these so, here we are.
For our third and final book of 2020, the Vuvu Vena Reads Bookclub selected Chigozie Obioma’s booker prize shortlisted The Fishermen. This is a riveting story well deserving of the shortlist. It is the Nigerian author’s debut, it’s interesting to note that his sophomore also got shortlisted for the booker prize, this is very telling of the craftsmanship and talent you can expect in The Fishermen.
According to his self-titled site, Chigozie is a winner of four other awards, including an NAACP Image award, the FT/Oppenheimer prize for fiction, and several nominations. The novel, which is being translated in 26 languages, is also being adapted into a stage play. Chigozie was named one of Foreign Policy‘s 100 Influential People of 2015. His second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities was published in January 2019 to wide acclaim and is being translated into 18 languages. The novel was also a finalist for the booker prize, making Chigozie one of only two writers in history to be a finalist for all their published books.
He is a professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and in Nigeria where where he runs various projects.
I got the honour of chatting with Chigozie at the end of October, catch our conversation below and remember to subscribe to my BookTube Channel.
GOOD READS SYNOPSIS
‘Astonishing… remarkable, mythic’
Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple‘Impressive and beautifully imagined’ Economist**In a small town in western Nigeria, four young brothers take advantage of 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 boy will be killed by one of his brothers. This prophecy unleashes a tragic chain of events of almost mythic proportions.
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