In the small Nigerian village of Keti live Mamo and LaMamo, twin sons of a domineering father. When one day the boys try and escape the village, only LaMamo succeeds - and in time becomes a soldier well-versed in the ways of life and death. Mamo, too sickly to leave, remains in Keti finding solace in the arms of Zara while watching impotently as his detested father grows powerful and corrupt. Unable to wield a weapon, Mamo instead reaches for a pen and soon begins to write the true history of Keti and its people - all the time awaiting the return of his beloved brother, LaMamo ...
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Praise for Waiting for an Angel: 'Deeply moving and memorable' The Times 'Astonishing, at once tender and embittered, humorous and unforgiving' Daily Telegraph 'Beautifully judged ... a powerful, compassionate work' ObserverAbout the Author:
Helon Habila was born in Nigeria in 1967. He won the Caine Prize for African Writing 2001 for the opening section of his first book, Waiting for an Angel, which then went on to win the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book, Africa Region, in 2003. He was previously Writer-in-Residence at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. He now teaches creative writing at the George Mason University, in Virginia. He divides his time between America and Nigeria.
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