Two years ago Habila won the coveted Caine prize for African writing for his short story "Love Poems." Habila's new novel — his first — expands on that story. It's called Waiting for an Angel. Nigerians suffered first from a long civil war, then under a series of military dictatorships. Habila's novel takes place in the mid-1990s during the brutal reign of General Sabi Abacha — when labor unions were banned, newspapers and magazines were shut down, journalists and activists were imprisoned, and demonstrators were kidnapped or killed. Habila is currently a fellow at the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. He lives in London.