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Waiting for An Angel

GHS 20.00

Lomba, a young journalist, languishes in prison. His world has slowly crumbled. While the guards sleep, he begins to write. His story spirals back into time, telling the tale of the residents of Poverty street, Lagos. We hear of resistance leader Joshua, in love with a  former pupil turned prostitute, of Nancy, who finds solace covering walls with graffiti, and of Janice, forced to marry a general.

Through several interconnected narratives, Habila provides a strikingly cinematic and hallucinatory account of the difficulties of life under a dictatorship in Nigeria. Waiting for an angel capture the stubborn hope amidst despair of the dark days of Nigeria’s recent past, documenting a period we forget ta our peril.


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About Helon Habila

Helon Habila was born in Kaltungo, Gombe State and educated at the University of Jos and University of East Anglia, England. He teaches Creative Writing at the George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in the USA where he lives with his family.

His first book Waiting for an Angel was awarded the Commonwealth Writers Prize for New Writing (African Region 2003) and the Caine Prize (2001). In 2000 he won the MUSON Poetry Prize. He was the first Chinua Achebe Fellow at Bard College (2005), a William B Quarton fellow at the University of Iowa International Writing Programme and the John Farrar Fellow in Fiction at the 2003 Bread Loaf Writers. He co-edited the British Council’s New Writing 14 with Lavinia Greenlaw. Measuring Time is his second novel.”


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