Next Month, Hamish Hamilton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, will release Helon habila’s new book to us! So many great books out this year. I pity our bank accounts. God safe us!
Helon Habila’s new book, which is titled Travellers, is his fifth offering afterWaiting for an Angel (2002), Measuring Time (2007), Oil on Water (2011) and The Chibok Girls (2016).
Helon Habila’s new book Travellers will be his first book set abroad. The aptly named Travellers features several characters from several African countries including Nigeria, Libya, Somalia, and Malawi, wandering up and down Europe.
The publishing house said this of Helon Habila’s new book:
“Poignant and beautifully sculpted, a novel about exile, identity and the many kinds of travellers moving through our modern world.
Modern Europe is a melting pot of migrating souls: among them a Nigerian American couple on a prestigious arts fellowship, a transgender film student seeking the freedom of authenticity, a Libyan doctor who lost his wife and child in the waters of the Mediterranean, and a Somali shopkeeper trying to save his young daughter from forced marriage. And, though the divide between the self-chosen exiles and those who are forced to leave home may feel solid, in reality such boundaries are endlessly shifting and frighteningly soluble.
Moving from a Berlin nightclub to a Sicilian refugee camp to the London apartment of a Malawian poet, Helon Habila evokes a rich mosaic of migrant experiences. And through his characters’ interconnecting fates, he traces the extraordinary pilgrimages we all might make in pursuit of home.”
Helon Habila’s new book Travellers has already earned praise from notable literary gurus. Leila Aboulela, for example, is full of effusive praise for Travellers. She recently said, “Once I started reading Travellers, I couldn’t stop…. The novel has all the weight of art with the sting of breaking news. I loved it. It is Habila at his best.”
I’ve read two of Habila’s books Measuring Time and Oil on Water. I fell completely in love with Measuring Time, while I had mixed feelings about Oil on Water. I can’t wait to see what Travellers brings.
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