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Lomba is a journalist living under military rule in Lagos, Nigeria, the most dangerous city in the world. His mind is full of soul music and girls and the lyric novel he is writing. But his roommate is brutally attacked by soldiers; his first love is forced to marry a wealthy old man; and his neighbors on Poverty Street are planning a demonstration that is bound to incite riot and arrests. Lomba can no longer bury his head in the sand.

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"Habila's language is joyous — a celebration of artistic freedom and a stylish two fingers at his previous oppressors." Metrolife

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"Brilliantly captures the reign of terror in Lagos in the 1990s." Publishing News

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"Habila's debut is exciting...he is one of the first literary voices to emerge from the newly democratic Nigeria." San Francisco Chronicle

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"Habila employs a prose whose spirituality recalls Wole Soyinka, Amilcar Cabral and King." Time Out (New York)

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"In elegant, economical, and often lyrical prose, Habila captures the state of terror under which Nigerians were forced to live." Times (London)

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"Like an angel, Habila has breathed new life into his world." Village Voice

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"Tender, funny and compassionate." Doris Lessing

Synopsis:

Habila's language is joyous--a celebration of artistic freedom and a stylish two fingers at his previous oppressors.Brilliantly captures the reign of terror in Lagos in the 1990s.Habila's debut is exciting...he is one of the first literary voices to emerge from the newly democratic Nigeria.In elegant, economical, and often lyrical prose, Habila captures the state of terror under which Nigerians were forced to live.Like an angel, Habila has breathed new life into his world.

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"Habila's fictionalization...reveals the true casualties of oppression better than any news or history."--

Synopsis:

Lomba is a young journalist living under military rule in Lagos, Nigeria, the most dangerous city in the world. His mind is full of soul music and girls and the lyric novel he is writing. But his roommate is brutally attacked by soldiers; his first love is forced to marry a wealthy old man; and his neighbors on Poverty Street are planning a demonstration that is bound to incite riot and arrests. Lomba can no longer bury his head in the sand. Helon Habila's vivid, exciting, and heart-wrenching debut opens a window onto a world in some ways familiar-with its sensuously depicted streets, student life, and vibrant local characters-yet ruled by one of the world's most corrupt and oppressive regimes, a scandal that ultimately drives Lomba to take a risk in the name of something greater than himself. Habila captures the energy, sensitivity, despair, and stubborn hope of a new African generation with a combination of gritty realism and poetic beauty. Winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing 2001. Reading group guide included.

About the Author

Helon Habila is the internationally renowned author of Waiting for an Angel, which won both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Caine Prize for African Writing. He lives in the United Kingdom.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393325119
Author:
Habila, Helon
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
General
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Norton Pbk
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.26x5.50x.57 in. .49 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393325119 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Habila's language is joyous — a celebration of artistic freedom and a stylish two fingers at his previous oppressors."
"Review" by , "Brilliantly captures the reign of terror in Lagos in the 1990s."
"Review" by , "Habila's debut is exciting...he is one of the first literary voices to emerge from the newly democratic Nigeria."
"Review" by , "Habila employs a prose whose spirituality recalls Wole Soyinka, Amilcar Cabral and King." (New York)
"Review" by , "In elegant, economical, and often lyrical prose, Habila captures the state of terror under which Nigerians were forced to live." (London)
"Review" by , "Like an angel, Habila has breathed new life into his world."
"Review" by , "Tender, funny and compassionate."
"Synopsis" by , Habila's language is joyous--a celebration of artistic freedom and a stylish two fingers at his previous oppressors.Brilliantly captures the reign of terror in Lagos in the 1990s.Habila's debut is exciting...he is one of the first literary voices to emerge from the newly democratic Nigeria.In elegant, economical, and often lyrical prose, Habila captures the state of terror under which Nigerians were forced to live.Like an angel, Habila has breathed new life into his world.
"Synopsis" by , "Habila's fictionalization...reveals the true casualties of oppression better than any news or history."--
"Synopsis" by , Lomba is a young journalist living under military rule in Lagos, Nigeria, the most dangerous city in the world. His mind is full of soul music and girls and the lyric novel he is writing. But his roommate is brutally attacked by soldiers; his first love is forced to marry a wealthy old man; and his neighbors on Poverty Street are planning a demonstration that is bound to incite riot and arrests. Lomba can no longer bury his head in the sand. Helon Habila's vivid, exciting, and heart-wrenching debut opens a window onto a world in some ways familiar-with its sensuously depicted streets, student life, and vibrant local characters-yet ruled by one of the world's most corrupt and oppressive regimes, a scandal that ultimately drives Lomba to take a risk in the name of something greater than himself. Habila captures the energy, sensitivity, despair, and stubborn hope of a new African generation with a combination of gritty realism and poetic beauty. Winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing 2001. Reading group guide included.
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