After being shortlisted for the Booker with his debut novel, The Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma impressively did the same with his next, An Orchestra of Minorities. In this tragicomic recasting of The Odyssey, humble chicken farmer Chinoso risks all for love, suffering vast and vicious indignities in his quest to win approval from his fiancé’s horrified family. Narrated by Chinoso’s chi, or guardian spirit, An Orchestra of Minorities audaciously weaves ancestral knowledge through this epic contemporary tale of the turmoil of the downtrodden.
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Chigozie Obioma was born in Akure, Nigeria, and currently lives in the US, where he is Assistant Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His debut novel, The Fishermen, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won many awards including the FT/Oppenheimer Award for Fiction and the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction. His most recent book, An Orchestra of Minorities was also shortlisted for the Booker in 2019.
Linda Jaivin is the author of eleven books, including seven novels and the Quarterly Essay Found in Translation. She is also a cultural commentator, co-editor of the China Story Yearbook at the Australian National University, and literary and film translator.