Waiting for an angel by helon habila
Waiting for an Angel by Helon HabilaLomba is a young journalist living under military rule in Lagos, Nigeria, the most dangerous city in the world. His mind is full of soul music and girls and the lyric novel he is writing. But his roommate is brutally attacked by soldiers; his first love is forced to marry a wealthy old man; and his neighbors on Poverty Street are planning a demonstration that is bound to incite riot and arrests. Lomba can no longer bury his head in the sand.
Helon Habilas vivid, exciting, and heart-wrenching debut opens a window onto a world in some ways familiar-with its sensuously depicted streets, student life, and vibrant local characters-yet ruled by one of the worlds most corrupt and oppressive regimes, a scandal that ultimately drives Lomba to take a risk in the name of something greater than himself. Habila captures the energy, sensitivity, despair, and stubborn hope of a new African generation with a combination of gritty realism and poetic beauty.
Winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing 2001. Reading group guide included.
Helon Habila’s Waiting For An Angel
In Helon Habila's powerful first novel, the journalist and poet Lomba is warned by a colleague that, even if he finishes the novel he is writing in longhand by candlelight in a Lagos slum, no one will publish it. Waiting for an Angel, written in similar circumstances and focused partly on the predicament of writers in a country such as Nigeria, faced that oblivion. But the author self-published a section of it, which then won Britain's Caine prize for African writing last year. Few of Habila's Nigerian contemporaries can hope for such a break, inside or outside the country. At independence in , its literature was thriving, led by the father of the African novel in English, Chinua Achebe his Things Fall Apart is one of the most widely read novels of the 20th century , Wole Soyinka the Nobel laureate and Cyprian Ekwensi. British publishers thirsted for innovative writing from the former colonies.
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