Habila, Helon

About Helon Habila

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Biography (British Council)



Tonkin, Boyd. "Travellers Review." The Spectator, 29 Jun. 2019

Docx, Edward. "Travellers by Helon Habila Review." The Guardian, 21 Jun. 2019

Busby, Margaret. "Oil on Water Review." Independent, 22 Oct. 2011



Salaam, Kalamu ya. "Crime, Fiction and the African Zeitgeist." Brittle Paper, 26 Aug. 2013

Randol, Shaun. "Helon Habila Is Okay with Being Called a Political Writer." The Mantle, undated



Ogaga Okuyade. "Negotiating Identity in a Vanishing Geography: Home, Environment and Displacement in Helon Habila’s Oil on Water." Natures of Africa, Moolla (ed.), 2016

Sandten, Cecile, and Annika Bauer (eds.). Re-Inventing the Postcolonial (in the) Metropolis, 2016

Cockley, David. "Helon Habila's Neoliberal Nigeria: Free Markets and Subordinate Cultures in Waiting for an Angel." Emerging African Voices: A Study of Contemporary African Literature, Collins (ed.), 2010




Travelers (2019)

Oil on Water (2010)

Measuring Time (2007)

Waiting for an Angel (2004)


Short Story Collections

The Granta Book of the African Short Story (2011)

Prison Stories (2000)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Helon Habila on the Conception of Literature. YouTube, 13 Mar. 2017

Helon Habila at Ake Festival 2015. YouTube, 1 Jun. 2016

Helon Habila Interview. YouTube, 6 Feb. 2014

Helon Habila's Reading and Interview at the Library of Congress. YouTube, 19 Sep. 2012

Helon Habila at Heidelberger Literaturtage. YouTube, 13 May 2012