Prison Stories

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Prison Stories
First edition
AuthorHelon Habila
GenreLiterary Fiction, Social novel
Set inNigeria
PublisherEpic Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pages153 pp (first edition)
ISBN9789783039728 (first edition)

Prison Stories, styled as Prison Stories: A Collection of Short Storie[s], is a collection of prison stories by Nigerian writer Helon Habila. "Love Poem", which is among the stories included in the collection, won the 2001 Caine Prize for African Writing.[1][2] It was first published by Epic Books.[3][4][5][6][7]

Plot summary[edit]

The book is a collection of short stories about the brutal life faced by prisoners in prison, mostly by those are innocent.


  1. ^ Stephen Williams (1 September 2001). "Nigeria's Habila wins Caine prize". All Business. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Helon Habila". Contemporary Writers. British Council. Retrieved 19 August 2021.
  3. ^ "Prison diary". The Economist. 26 July 2001.
  4. ^ Courtois, Cédric (2018). "'In this Country, the Very Air We Breathe is Politics': Helon Habila and the Flowing Together of Politics and Poetics". Commonwealth Essays and Studies. 40 (2): 55–68. doi:10.4000/ces.289.
  5. ^ Singer, Ron (2007). "O Ti Lo Waju (You Have Gone Past All): The Caine Prize for African Writing". The Georgia Review. 61 (2): 401–421. JSTOR 41402861 – via JSTOR.
  6. ^ "Helon Habila highlights plight of migrants in new novel". Daily Monitor. 21 July 2020.
  7. ^ Cowley, Jason (26 July 2001). "'To finish my book was an act of will'". The Guardian.