Waiting For an Angel

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Penguin Books Limited, Aug 28, 2003 - Fiction - 240 pages
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WAITING FOR AN ANGEL marks the debut of one of Africa's most promising new writers.

Lomba is a young journalist living under military regime in Lagos, one of the most dangerous cities in the world. His mind is full of soul music and girls and thenovel he is writing. But his room-mate goes mad and is beaten up by soldiers, his first love is forced to marry a man she doesn't love, and his neighbours are planning a demo which is bound to incite riot and arrests. Lomba can no longer bury his head in the sand. He must write the truth about this reign of terror . . .

WAITING FOR AN ANGEL captures the despair, the frenzy and the stubborn hope of a generation daring to speak out against one of the world's most oppressive regimes.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A young Nigerian intellectual collides with his country's brutal military regime, in this intense first novel by a native African writer now living in London.Lomba is a Lagos journalist and would-be ... Read full review

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Nigerian author Habila's debut novel is a noble account of how even the poorest and lowliest people must rise up against oppression, regardless of the consequences. Habila tells the story of Lomba as ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Helon Habila is a Nigerian novelist, poet and academic. He is the author of the novels Waiting for an Angel, Measuring Time and Oil on Water, and has won literary prizes including the Caine Prize and the Windham/Campbell Literature Prize. He teaches creative writing at George Mason University, Washington, and his most recent book The Chibok Girls will be published by Penguin Books in April 2017.

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