Chigozie Obioma – The Fishermen


The novel is told from the perspective of one of the (now adult) brothers and can be read in many ways. On the surface it is the story of a family, the father takes on a job in another city and the dynamic of the household changes drastically. Then one day the brothers receive a deadly prophecy and their lives are forever changed. But the story is also a snapshot of Nigerian politics, a fairy tale, a fable, a crime- and coming of age story. Many times Obioma is questioning the prophecy through his characters but he still leaves room for imagination. Even though a sentence like:

“you are all doing this to yourself because of your fear”

seems rational at times, at others I found myself being drawn into his mystical world of curses and visions and am not so sure what to believe.


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