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Things Fall Apart

Penguin Modern Classics

A compelling story of one man's battle to protect his community against the forces of change, the Penguin Classics edition of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart is introduced by Biyi Bandele.

Okonkwo is the greatest wrestler and warrior alive, and his fame spreads throughout West Africa like a bush-fire. 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. First published in 1958, Chinua Achebe's stark, coolly ironic novel reshaped both African and world literature, and has sold over ten million copies in forty-five languages. 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 (b. 1930) was raised in the large village of Ogidi in Eastern Nigeria, and graduated from University College, Ibadan. The author of more than twenty books - novels, short stories, essays and collections of poetry - Achebe received numerous honours from around the world, including honourary doctorates from more than thirty colleges and universities. He was also the recipient of Nigeria's highest award for intellectual achievement, the Nigerian National Merit Award. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction. He died in 2013.

If you enjoyed Things Fall Apart, you might like Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, also available in Penguin Classics.

'A great book, that bespeaks a great, brave, kind, human spirit'
John Updike

'His courage and generosity are made manifest in the work'
Toni Morrison

'The writer in whose company the prison walls fell down'
Nelson Mandela
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Achebe, Chinua
Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. He was raised in the large village of Ogidi, one of the first centers of Anglican missionary work in Eastern Nigeria, and was a graduate of University College, Ibadan. His early career in radio ended abruptly in 1966, when he left his post as Director of External Broadcasting in Nigeria during the national upheaval that led to the Biafran War. Achebe joined the Biafran Ministry of Information and represented Biafra on various diplomatic and fund-raising missions. He was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and began lecturing widely abroad. For over fifteen years, he was the Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and professor of Africana studies at Brown University. Chinua Achebe wrote over twenty books - novels, short stories, essays and collections of poetry - and received numerous honours from around the world, including the Honourary Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as honourary doctorates from more than thirty colleges and universities. He was also the recipient of Nigeria's highest award for intellectual achievement, the Nigerian National Merit Award. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction. He died in 2013.
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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 176
Erscheinungsdatum 01.11.2001
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-14-118688-7
Verlag Penguin Books Ltd
Maße (L/B/H) 19.9/12.9/1.3 cm
Gewicht 134 g
Verkaufsrang 2148
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An African classic
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Zürich am 08.03.2020
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Achebe's novel shows an African community, the Igbo people, before Europeans arrived and changed their way of lives forever. There's no doubt that Achebe is a masterful storyteller and I love his writing style. However, the story is not always an gripping. I loved learning about a culture I was ignorant about and Achebe perfectl... Achebe's novel shows an African community, the Igbo people, before Europeans arrived and changed their way of lives forever. There's no doubt that Achebe is a masterful storyteller and I love his writing style. However, the story is not always an gripping. I loved learning about a culture I was ignorant about and Achebe perfectly shows how both Igbo and Europeans have patriarchal structures and rampant misogyny, I had difficulty with the main protagonist's perspective. He could be very violent and abusive and that can get tiring after a while. Some scenes also go nowhere or are a little longer that I would've wanted but that is a personal and highly subjective preference so I can't fault it for that. Nonetheless, the novel is a deserved classic of literature and a great starting point for people who haven't read any African literature.