The Obeah Man

Carnival Day, Tuesday: Port of Spain, Trinidad. Into this heady bacchanalian atmosphere, filled with men and women seeking the sinful anonymity of costumes, in street processions gyrating to the music of steel bands and in bars packed beyond capacity, where menace seems familiar but lurks in unknown places – comes the Obeah Man, Zampi, in search of the beautiful Zolda.

By the time the festivities are over, disaster has struck, and the powerful but good Obeah Man Zampi has learnt an all too human lesson in love.

Introduction by Roydon Salick

“A brilliant revelation of the dark reality under a lively Caribbean surface, The Obeah Man combines the humour of Samuel Selvon, the pathos of George Lamming and the irony of V S Naipaul all in one.”
–Frank Birbalsingh, York University

” . . . a compelling story of living in changing times . . . its message and impressions are long lasting . . . The Obeah Man is a very human story.”
–Cecil Foster, The Toronto Review


Publication Date: 1995

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-920661-46-8
Page size: 5.75″ x 8.75″
160 pages

Ismith Khan was born in Trinidad in 1925 and has lived in the United States for the past three decades. He is the author of two other novels, The Jumbie Bird and The Crucifixion, and a collection of short stories, A Day in the Country and Other Stories. He lives in New York City.