: Habila (H.)

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295pp., hardback, d.w., London & New York, 2019


A novel about a Nigerian graduate student living in America who accompanies his wife to Berlin. Here he comes into contact with a community of African immigrants and refugees who challenge his sense of identity.

“At once intimate and expansive, Travelers captivated me from the very first pages.” Aminatta Forna, author of Happiness and The Memory of Love

“Describing worlds and convergences that are unforgettable, Helon Habila writes of individual lives―pulled apart by our wars, our failed states and our deepest fears―with insight and searing compassion.” Madeleine Thien, author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing

“Urgent, deeply empathetic, and resisting easy answers, Travellers follows the interconnected lives of African immigrants and refugees in Europe and examines the meanings of freedom, diaspora and home. Habila is a masterful storyteller, and this novel a riveting testament to the power of fiction.” Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers

Helon Habila is the author of Oil on WaterMeasuring TimeWaiting for an Angel, and The Chibok Girls. He is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at George Mason University and lives in Virginia.