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Fiction: General
Unabridged   9 hour(s)
Publication date: 11/12/2019


A Novel

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684570669
Digital Download ISBN:9781684570676


Award-winning author Helon Habila has been described as "a courageous tale teller with an uncompromising vision . . . a major talent" (Rawi Hage). His new novel Travelers is a life-changing encounter with those who have been uprooted by war or aspiration, fear or hope.

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Product Description

A startlingly imaginative exploration of the African diaspora in Europe, by one of our most acclaimed international writers.

A Nigerian graduate student who has made his home in America knows what it means to strike out for new shores. When his wife proposes that he accompany her to Berlin, where she has been awarded a prestigious arts fellowship, he has his reservations: "I knew every departure is a death, every return a rebirth. Most changes happen unplanned, and they always leave a scar."

In Berlin, Habila's central character finds himself thrown into contact with a community of African immigrants and refugees whose lives previously seemed distant from his own, but to which he is increasingly drawn. The walls between his privileged, secure existence and the stories of these other Africans on the move soon crumble, and his sense of identity begins to dissolve as he finds that he can no longer separate himself from others' horrors, or from Africa.

A lean, expansive, heart-rending exploration of loss and of connection, Travelers inscribes unforgettable signposts—both unsettling and luminous—marking the universal journey in pursuit of love and home.


“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

“Habila evokes the visceral, heartbreaking anguish of the outsider's dilemma…Guaranteed to promote empathy and understanding for refugees worldwide.” —Library Journal Starred Review

Author Bio

Helon Habila is the author of the novels Waiting for an Angel, Measuring Time, Oil on Water, and Travelers, as well as a nonfiction book, The Chibok Girls. His writing has won numerous awards, including the Caine Prize, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize, and the Windham-Campbell Prize.