Michael Delgado

In a Flap

An Orchestra of Minorities

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Speaking about his first novel, The Fishermen, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2015, Chigozie Obioma said that he was interested in the forces that can destroy a family. Centring on four brothers who fish in a polluted river near their home in Nigeria, the novel tracks the breakdown of their relationship, sparked by a ‘madman’, Abulu, and a murderous prophecy he gives them. While Abulu is the novel’s putative saboteur, Obioma remarked that, crucially, the destruction of this band of brothers ‘is helped from within’. What is it, Obioma asked, ‘that can turn that love to hate’?

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