Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is the story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria.
When their 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 forbidden nearby river they encounter a madman who predicts that one of the brothers, the eldest, would be killed by “a fisherman,” which he assumes to be one of his own brothers.
Thus, an extraordinary tension is created and an almost mythic chain of events — both tragic and redemptive — is set into motion, that will transform the lives and imaginations of the novel’s characters and its readers.
Chigozie Obioma (born 1986) is a Nigerian writer. He has been called, in a New York Times book review, "the heir to Chinua Achebe." In 2015, Obioma was named one of "100 Global Thinkers" by Foreign Policy magazine. He is best known for writing the novels The Fishermen (2015) and An Orchestra of Minorities (2019), both of which were shortlisted for the Booker prize in their respective years of publication, one of only two writers to be so honored, the other being Rohinton Mistry. Between the two books, his work is being translated into thirty languages.