The Road to the Country

Chigozie Obioma


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Hutchinson Heinemann
30 May 2024
ISBN: 9781529153460
352 pages

From the publisher

The new novel by Booker-shortlisted author Chigozie Obioma

'Obioma is truly the heir to Chinua Achebe' New York Times
'Remarkable' Alice Walker

'A major new African writer' Salman Rushdie

At first the vision is grainy—like something seen through wet glass. But slowly it clears, and there appears the figure of a man.

When a country is plunged into civil war, two brothers on either side of it are divided. They will try to find their way back to each other. Kunle's search for his sibling becomes a journey of atonement which sees him conscripted into the army to fight a war he hardly understands. Once there, he will forge friendships to last a lifetime, and he will meet a woman who will change his world forever.

The story of a young man seeking redemption in a nation of fire, Chigozie Obioma's novel is an odyssey of brotherhood, love and unimaginable courage set during the Biafran War. Intertwining myth and realism into a thrilling, inspired and emotionally powerful novel, The Road to the Country is a masterpiece.

Chigozie Obioma is a Nigerian award-winning writer whose first novel, The Fishermen, was a finalist for the Booker prize and won a number of prizes including an NAACP Image award, an LA Art Seidenbaum award, among others and was translated into 26 languages. His second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities was also shortlisted for the Booker prize.