Oil on Water
By Helon Habila
(Hamish Hamilton, Paperback, 9780141046846)
Publication Date: September 2011
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the June 2011 Indie Next List
“In this beautiful, truth-seeking novel, journalists Rufus and Zaq make their way through the fetid, oil-choked waters of the Nigerian Delta in search of the kidnapped wife of an oil executive. Rufus, young and eager to prove himself, is thrilled at the prospect of a big story and to be working with his hero, Zaq. But their journey into the dense wilderness takes on a much different form than either expected, and they are thrust into events beyond their control. Oil on Water is a suspenseful story about globalization, ambition, and the unwieldy nature of truth.”
-- Amanda Hurley, Inkwood Books, Tampa, FL
"The new generation of 21st-century African writers have now come of age. Without a doubt Habila is one of the best."--Emmanuel Dongala.