Oil on Water

Oil on Water Cover

Oil on Water

By Helon Habila

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393339642, 239pp.

Publication Date: May 16, 2011

As Rufus and Zaq navigate polluted rivers flanked by exploded and dormant oil wells, in search of the white woman, they must contend with the brutality of both government soldiers and militants. Assailed by irresolvable versions of the truth about the woman's disappearance, dependent on the kindness of strangers of unknowable loyalties, their journalistic objectivity will prove unsustainable, but other values might yet salvage their human dignity.