Chinua Achebe by Chinua Achebe
Collected Poems

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A collection of poetry spanning the full range of the African-born author's acclaimed career has been updated to include seven never-before-published works, as well as much of his early poetry that explores such themes as the African consciousness, the tragedy of Biafra, and the mysteries of human relationships.
 

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Published January 16, 2009 by Anchor. 96 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The New York Times

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The first novel and masterpiece from the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe, “Things Fall Apart,” is such an economical and lucid depiction of a tribal society cracking under the weight of colonialism that it has become required reading in many American high schools.

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The Guardian

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First published in 1958 – the year after Ghana became the first African nation to gain independence, as Britain, France and Belgium started to recognise the end of colonialism in Africa and began their unseemly withdrawal – Chinua Achebe's debut novel concerns itself with the events surrounding t...

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BC Books

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Best known as one of the major voices of contemporary African literature ever since the publication of his first novel, Things Fall Apart, Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe has made it one of his goals to be a spokesman for his native culture and its values.

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Los Angeles Times

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Chinua Achebe's "Chike and the River" reads with the directness of a folk tale, even though it's set in the modern world.

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The Telegraph

One of the lions of African literature, Chinua Achebe was born in 1930 and began his education in a forest school in the Igboland region of south-eastern Nigeria.

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The Telegraph

The resulting implosion of Nigeria was an embarrassment to the Labour government of Harold Wilson, whose own visit to Nigeria Achebe likens to “a cruel deception of locusts that appear from a distance as a welcome visit of dark clouds gorged with rain”.

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London Review of Books

It felt like a sentence, an imprisonment of creativity.’ He is, famously, one of the writers who ‘wrote back’ to the ‘West’, who challenged, by writing his own story, the dominant and reductive Western images of his people.

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Montreal Gazette

Once you talk about making things better you’re talking about politics.” Achebe was vocal in the public arena, serving as a roving ambassador for Biafra and sitting on a committee that created an early draft of the republic’s constitution.

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Think Africa Press

In the opening pages of his new memoir, There Was A Country, Chinua Achebe lays claim to 'story', as an almost proper noun in the grandest, most comprehensive of definitions.

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