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Oil on Water: A Novel
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher W W Norton & Co Inc
Publication date May 16, 2011
Pages 239
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780393339642
ISBN-10 0393339645
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.45 lbs.
Original list price $14.95
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“The new generation of twenty-first-century African writers have now come of age. Without a doubt Habila is one of the best.”―Emmanuel Dongala

In the oil-rich and environmentally devastated Nigerian Delta, the wife of a British oil executive has been kidnapped. Two journalists―a young upstart, Rufus, and a once-great, now disillusioned veteran, Zaq―are sent to find her. In a story rich with atmosphere and taut with suspense, Oil on Water explores the conflict between idealism and cynical disillusionment in a journey full of danger and unintended consequences.

As Rufus and Zaq navigate polluted rivers flanked by exploded and dormant oil wells, in search of “the white woman,” they must contend with the brutality of both government soldiers and militants. Assailed by irresolvable versions of the “truth” about the woman’s disappearance, dependent on the kindness of strangers of unknowable loyalties, their journalistic objectivity will prove unsustainable, but other values might yet salvage their human dignity.

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Reprint edition from W W Norton & Co Inc (May 16, 2011)
9780393339642 | details & prices | 239 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.45 lbs | List price $14.95
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