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This cherished contemporary classic of African literature--and the first volume of Achebe's celebrated African Trilogy--tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a "strong man" of an Igbo village. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.show more

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  • Paperback | 209 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 136.08g
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
  • Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Anchor Books ed
  • 0385474547
  • 9780385474542
  • 14,651

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This is Chinua Achebe's classic novel, with more than two million copies sold since its first U.S. publication in 1969. Combining a richly African story with the author's keen awareness of the qualities common to all humanity, Achebe here shows that he is "gloriously gifted, with the magic of an ebullient, generous, great talent." -- Nadine Gordimershow more

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Praise for Chinua Achebe "A magical writer--one of the greatest of the twentieth century." --Margaret Atwood "African literature is incomplete and unthinkable without the works of Chinua Achebe." --Toni Morrison "Chinua Achebe is gloriously gifted with the magic of an ebullient, generous, great talent." --Nadine Gordimer "Achebe's influence should go on and on . . . teaching and reminding that all humankind is one." --The Nation "The father of African literature in the English language and undoubtedly one of the most important writers of the second half of the twentieth century." --Caryl Phillips, The Observer "We are indebted to Achebe for reminding us that art has social and moral dimension--a truth often obscured." --Chicago Tribune "He is one of the few writers of our time who has touched us with a code of values that will never be ironic." --Michael Ondaatje "For so many readers around the world, it is Chinua Achebe who opened up the magic casements of African fiction." --Kwame Anthony Appiah "[Achebe] is one of world literature's great humane voices." --Times Literary Supplement "Achebe is one of the most distinguished artists to emerge from the West African cultural renaissance of the post-war world." --The Sunday Times (London) "[Achebe is] a powerful voice for cultural decolonization." --The Village Voice "Chinua Achebe has shown that a mind that observes clearly but feels deeply enough to afford laughter may be more wise than all the politicians and journalists." --Time "The power and majesty of Chinua Achebe's work has, literally, opened the world to generations of readers. He is an ambassador of art, and a profound recorder of the human condition." --Michael Dorrisshow more

About Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. His first novel, Things Falls Apart, became a classic of international literature and required reading for students worldwide. He also authored four subsequent novels, two short-story collections, and numerous other books. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and, for over 15 years, was the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement. He died in 2013.show more

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Praise for Chinua Achebe "A magical writer-one of the greatest of the twentieth century." -Margaret Atwood "African literature is incomplete and unthinkable without the works of Chinua Achebe." -Toni Morrison "Chinua Achebe is gloriously gifted with the magic of an ebullient, generous, great talent." -Nadine Gordimer "Achebe's influence should go on and on . . . teaching and reminding that all humankind is one." - The Nation "The father of African literature in the English language and undoubtedly one of the most important writers of the second half of the twentieth century." -Caryl Phillips, The Observer "We are indebted to Achebe for reminding us that art has social and moral dimension-a truth often obscured." - Chicago Tribune "He is one of the few writers of our time who has touched us with a code of values that will never be ironic." -Michael Ondaatje "For so many readers around the world, it is Chinua Achebe who opened up the magic casements of African fiction." -Kwame Anthony Appiah "[Achebe] is one of world literature's great humane voices." - Times Literary Supplement "Achebe is one of the most distinguished artists to emerge from the West African cultural renaissance of the post-war world." - The Sunday Times (London) "[Achebe is] a powerful voice for cultural decolonization." - The Village Voice "Chinua Achebe has shown that a mind that observes clearly but feels deeply enough to afford laughter may be more wise than all the politicians and journalists." - Time "The power and majesty of Chinua Achebe's work has, literally, opened the world to generations of readers. He is an ambassador of art, and a profound recorder of the human condition." -Michael Dorrisshow more