Chinua Achebe

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  • The Illustrated Things Fall Apart ()
    This special, large-format, lavishly-illustrated edition of Things Fall Apart, 'Africa's best loved novel', is a timely tribute to  'the father of modern African Literature'. It is published to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of a book now considered a classic of African and World Literature. This edition uniquely blends the enduring simplicity of Achebe's tale with the creative visual talents of some of Nigeria's best and bright contemporary artists. The result is a book that will appeal to lovers of African Literature and Art the world over. A treasured testament to the art of story-tellling, Things Fall Apart Illustrated is bound to become a collector's item.
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  • Achebe or Soyinka: A Study in Contrasts By Kole Omotoso ()
    This is a study of Africa's most widely read, and, arguably, her finest writers. Despite their shared nationality and levels of prestige, each represents a distinct pole of Nigerian writing. On the one hand, there is Wole Soyinka, the playful imagist steeped in the myth and magic of his native Yoruba culture; at the other end of the spectrum, Chinua Achebe's internalized Igbo cultural traditions. Kole Omotoso - himself a prolific writer and prize-winning Nigerian novelist - explores and defines the differences in style, background, and vision betweem the two men. Individual chapters describe the childhood and early experiences of each writer, their cultural influences, education, life styles, and political involvement. Omotoso also observes the responses of Nigerian, British and American critics to their output, with a final chapter dedicated to the vision of each writer for Nigeria. An extensive bibliography completes the volume
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  • An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's By Chinua Achebe ()
    An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" is the published version of the second Chancellor’s Lecture given by Chinua Achebe at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, in February 1975.
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  • Conversations with Chinua Achebe By Chinua Achebe ()
    Conversations with Chinua Achebe
    Book by Chinua Achebe
    Chinua Achebe's books are being read throughout the Engish-speaking world. They have been translated into more than fifty languages. ...
    Authors: Chinua Achebe, Bernth Lindfors
    Copyright date: October 1, 1997
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  • Chinua Achebe: Tributes and Reflections By Nana Ayebia Clarke ()
    Chinua Achebe (1930-2013) is widely recognized as the founding father of modern African literature in English. His first novel, Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, not only contested European narratives about Africa, but also challenged assumptions about the form and function of the novel.

    Throughout his long career, Achebe was a voice for the peoples of Africa and also a formative influence on a new generation of African writers. This volume of tributes and reflections is a fitting testament to his legacy.

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  • There Was A Country By Chinua Achebe ()
    In the aftermath of the release of Chinua Achebe's book titled There Was a
    Country: A Personal History of Biafra and his article published in the Guardian
    on 2 October 2012, there have been many debates about the Biafra war.
    Some have accused Achebe of stirring up old wounds by resurrecting the "B"
    question, while others are appalled at his comment about Awolowo’s policies,
    which Achebe claims resulted in the starvation of millions of people. Some
    have suggested that rather than heap the blame on Nigerian officials, Achebe
    should have heaped the blame on the Biafran leaders who embarked on a
    war knowing that their army was ill equipped to take on the Nigerian forces.
    The debate has also taken a tribal dimension with many Igbo’s rallying behind
    Professor Achebe, while many Yoruba’s have taken to the opposite side by
    expressing their displeasure at Achebe, while defending Awolowo’s legacy.
    Regardless of what Achebe said or did not say, it does not deny the fact that
    his article in the Guardian and his new book are timely. For a very long time,
    the Biafra question keeps on coming up again and again. On one hand, the
    Igbo's feel aggrieved by what they experienced during the war, while on the
    other hand, the rest of the country feel that the Biafra war occurred long ago
    and that the Igbo's should get over it and move on.
    Unfortunately, the current debate triggered by Achebe’s article and book has
    resulted in many of us focusing on the principal players in the war, rather than
    focusing on the underlying issue at hand: i.e. the genocide that took place
    during the three year war. One problem with focusing on the principal actors
    such as Yakubu Gowon, Obafemi Awolowo, Chinua Achebe, Emeka Ojukwu,
    Olusegun Obasanjo, Brigadier Adekunle, Murtala Mohammed etc is that none
    of these actors were significantly impacted by the war. They and most of their
    family all came out of the war, intact, healthy and alive. However, what we
    need to revisit as a nation is the tragic story of the millions of people (majority
    children) who died as a result of man’s cruelty to man.
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  • A Man Of The People By Chinua Achebe ()
    By the renowned author of "Things Fall Apart," this novel foreshadows the Nigerian coups of 1966 and shows the color and vivacity as well as the violence and corruption of a society making its own way between the two worlds.
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  • Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe ()
    THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society.

    The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries. These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized, and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. THINGS FALL APART is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within
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  • African Short Stories By Chinua Achebe ()
    This anthology of 20 stories are from all over Africa, grouped geographically into four different sections - West, East, North and Southern Africa.
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  • Anthills Of The Savannah By Chinua Achebe ()
    Anthills of the Savannah is a frightening look at oil-boom Nigeria, a world of robberies, road blocks and intimidation in which those who are meant to be protecting a country's citizens are in reality supervising the looting.
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  • Arrow of God By Chinua Achebe ()
    Set in the Ibo heartland of eastern Nigeria, one of Africa's best-known writers describes the conflict between old and new in its most poignant aspect: the personal struggle between father and son.
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  • Girls at war and other stories By Chinua Achebe ()
    Girls at war and other stories
    The madman.--The voter.--Marriage is a private affair.--Akucke.--Chike's school days.--The sacriticial egg.--Vengeful creditor.--Dead men's path.--Uncle Ben's choice.--Civil peace.--Sugar baby.--Girls at war.
    Author: Chinua Achebe
    Copyright date: August 1, 1991
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  • No Longer At Ease By Chinua Achebe ()
    The story of a man whose foreign education has separated him from his African roots and made him parts of a ruling elite whose corruption he finds repugnant.  More than thirty years after it was first written, this novel remains a brilliant statement on the challenges still facing African society
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  • The Trouble Wth Nigeria By Chinua Achebe ()
    The eminent African novelist and critic, here addresses Nigeria's problems, aiming to challenge the resignation of Nigerians and inspire them to reject old habits which inhibit Nigeria from becoming a modern and attractive country. In this famous book now reprinted, he professes that the only trouble with Nigeria is the failure of leadership, because with good leaders Nigeria could resolve its inherent problems such as tribalism; lack of patriotism; social injustice and the cult of mediocrity; indiscipline; and corruption
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