The Road to the Country


This novel is about a young man, Tunde, whose brother is involved in an accident and stranded just as the Biafran war begins. Tunde spends the novel travelling through a war zone to be reunited with his brother – to bring him home and to ask for forgiveness for the part he played in the accident, a part his brother has no knowledge of.

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‘Obioma is truly the heir to Chinua Achebe’ New York Times
‘Incredibly moving and hopeful’ Nadifa Mohamed
‘Remarkable’ Alice Walker

‘A major voice’ Salman Rushdie
‘A wondrous novel’ Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

At first the vision is grainy but slowly it clears, and there appears the figure of a man.

When a country is plunged into civil war, two brothers on either side of it are divided. They will try to find their way back to each other. Kunle’s search for his sibling Tunde becomes a journey of atonement which sees him conscripted into the army to fight a war he hardly understands. Once there, he will forge friendships to last a lifetime, and he will meet a woman who will change his world forever. But will he find his brother?

The story of a young man seeking redemption in a nation on fire, Chigozie Obioma’s novel is an odyssey of brotherhood, love and unimaginable courage set during the Biafran War. Intertwining myth and realism into a thrilling, inspired and emotionally powerful novel, The Road to the Country is a masterpiece.


‘Chigozie Obioma brings the Biafran War to life in a visceral yet mystical way. Loss, pain and grief are etched onto a canvas that seems timeless and endless. I grieve for those lost in that doomed declaration of independence but celebrate those, such as Chigozie, who carry their torches’ Nadifa Mohamed

‘This powerfully evocative and intimate book is unarguably Obioma’s finest. Through subtle, piercing, and gripping language, he renders those seemingly simple but unforgettable moments when our lives intertwine with history, anchoring you to the pages until the end. The Road to the Country will remind you that our existence is the histories of past, present, and the future-and the importance of understanding that. This is among the best books I’ve read in a while and is certainly destined to be a classic’ Ishmael Beah

‘A spectacular blend of realism and mysticism, The Road to the Country is Chigozie Obioma at his finest. He is a novelist in a league of his own’ Imbolo Mbue

‘A remarkable talent’ Independent

‘Chigozie Obioma is a gifted and original storyteller’ Jennifer Clement

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Weight 383 g
Dimensions 21.5 × 13.5 × 2.9 cm










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813.6 (edition:23)


General – Trade / Code: K

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