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Conversations with Chinua Achebe
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 199

Conversations with Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe's books are being read throughout the English-speaking world. They have been translated into more than fifty languages. His publishers estimate that more than eight million copies of his first novel Things Fall Apart (1958) have been sold. As a consequence, he is the best known and most widely studied African author. His distinguished books of fiction and nonfiction include No Longer at Ease, Arrow of God, Morning Yet on Creation Day, Christmas in Biafra, and others. Achebe often has been called the inventor of the African novel. Although he modestly denies the title, it is true that modern African literature would not have flowered so rapidly and spectacularly had he not led t...

Home and Exile
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 128

Home and Exile

Chinua Achebe is Africa's most prominent writer, the author of Things Fall Apart, the best known--and best selling--novel ever to come out of Africa. His fiction and poetry burn with a passionate commitment to political justice, bringing to life not only Africa's troubled encounters with Europe but also the dark side of contemporary African political life. Now, in Home and Exile, Achebe reveals the man behind his powerful work. Here is an extended exploration of the European impact on African culture, viewed through the most vivid experience available to the author--his own life. It is an extended snapshot of a major writer's childhood, illuminating his roots as an artist. Achebe discusses h...

The Chinua Achebe Encyclopedia
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 318

The Chinua Achebe Encyclopedia

Several hundred A-Z entries cover Achebe's major works, important characters and settings, key concepts and issues, and more.

Things Fall Apart
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 148

Things Fall Apart

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1996
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  • Publisher: Heinemann

This expanded edition of Chinua Achebe's first novel portrays the collision of African and European cultures in an Igbo village. Okonkwo, a great man in Igbo traditional society, cannot adapt to the profound changes brought by the British conquest of Nigeria. Yet, as in classic tragedy, Okonkwo's character as well as external forces contribute to his downfall. This expanded edition includes new illustrations, maps, additional essays on history, culture,and literature, and reference material to help readers see Achebe's classic novel in social and historical context, and to understand its place in world literature.

Things Fall Apart
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 176

Things Fall Apart

Okonkwo is the greatest warrior alive, famous throughout West Africa. But when he accidentally kills a clansman, things begin to fall apart. Then Okonkwo returns from exile to find missionaries and colonial governors have arrived in the village. With his world thrown radically off-balance he can only hurtle towards tragedy. Chinua Achebe's stark novel reshaped both African and world literature. This arresting parable of a proud but powerless man witnessing the ruin of his people begins Achebe's landmark trilogy of works chronicling the fate of one African community, continued in Arrow of God and No Longer at Ease.

Chinua Achebe
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 199

Chinua Achebe

"Things fall Apart", is compared with Joyce Cary's "Mister Johnson". Achebe's novel is seen as a more realistic portrayal of the society and culture of indigenous people of Nigeria.

The Trouble with Nigeria
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 68

The Trouble with Nigeria

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1984
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  • Publisher: Heinemann

"The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership," concludes internationally acclaimed writer Chinua Achebe

Philosophical Perspective on Chinua Achebe
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 328

Philosophical Perspective on Chinua Achebe

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2004
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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Emerging Perspectives on Chinua Achebe
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 475

Emerging Perspectives on Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe, a literary icon of the 20th century, is widely regarded as Africa's best novelist to date, and one of the world's greatest. The essays in this book provide global perspectives of Achebe as an artist with a proper sense of history and an imaginative writer with an inviolable sense of cultural mission and political commitment. Omenka is the first of a two volume celebration of this modern African literary tradition, which owes much of its origin to Achebe's landmark classic novel, Things Fall Apart, the most widely read African novel.

No Longer at Ease
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 144

No Longer at Ease

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 2013-04-25
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  • Publisher: Penguin UK

Obi Okonkwo is an idealistic young man who, thanks to the privileges of an education in Britain, has now returned to Nigeria for a job in the civil service. However in his new role he finds that the way of government seems to be backhanders and corruption. Obi manages to resist the bribes that are offered to him, but when he falls in love with an unsuitable girl - to the disapproval of his parents - he sinks further into emotional and financial turmoil. The lure of easy money becomes harder to refuse, and Obi becomes caught in a trap he cannot escape. Showing a man lost in cultural limbo, and a Nigeria entering a new age of disillusionment, No Longer at Ease concludes Achebe's remarkable trilogy charting three generations of an African community under the impact of colonialism, the first two volumes of which are Things Fall Apart and Arrow of God.