Travelers: A Novel

Written by:
Helon Habila
Narrated by:
Mirron Willis

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2019
10 hours 2 minutes
A startlingly imaginative exploration of the African diaspora in Europe, by one of our most acclaimed international writers.

A Nigerian graduate student who has made his home in America knows what it means to strike out for new shores. When his wife proposes that he accompany her to Berlin, where she has been awarded a prestigious arts fellowship, he has his reservations: 'I knew every departure is a death, every return a rebirth. Most changes happen unplanned, and they always leave a scar.'

In Berlin, Habila's central character finds himself thrown into contact with a community of African immigrants and refugees whose lives previously seemed distant from his own, but to which he is increasingly drawn. The walls between his privileged, secure existence and the stories of these other Africans on the move soon crumble, and his sense of identity begins to dissolve as he finds that he can no longer separate himself from others' horrors, or from Africa.

A lean, expansive, heart-rending exploration of loss and of connection, Travelers inscribes unforgettable signposts-both unsettling and luminous-marking the universal journey in pursuit of love and home.
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A powerful and important narrative. I felt uncomfortable with the narrator's attempts at accents, and it jarred on me throughout.

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Deborah B.

Well done!

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I couldn’t stand even 5 minutes of the terrible fake accent, so sad because it could have been a good book.

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Jennifer J. Knight

If you pay attention you will be enchanted by Habila's poetic command of English and the narrator's Willis' beautiful African rendition. Very elegant.

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