Nigerian author, Chigozie Obioma has made the longlist (‘Man Booker Dozen’) for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize.
Obioma was shortlisted along with 12 others, for his debut novel, The Fisherman. Published by ONE, Pushkin Press, The Fisherman combines classic African storytelling with contemporary fiction, and illuminates Nigeria in all its historical, political and cultural complexity.
Also on the longlist of the Man Booker Prize are Jamaican author, Marlon James for his third novel – A Brief History of Seven Killings, 2007 winner, Anne Enright and writers from India, UK, New Zealand, USA and Britain.
The shortlist of 6 novels will be announced on 15 September, and winner will be announced on Tuesday, 13 October in London’s Guildhall.
Chigozie Obioma was born in 1986 in Akure, Nigeria. His short stories have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review and New Madrid. He was a Fall 2012 OMI Fellow at Ledig House, New York.
Obioma has lived in Nigeria, Cyprus and Turkey, and currently resides in the United States, where he has completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Michigan and is now assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The Man Booker Prize, which promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year, was first awarded in 1969 and previously open only to authors from the UK & Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland and Zimbabwe. This is the second year the prize has been open to writers of any nationality, writing originally in English and published in the UK.