Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart, A story about the incursion of Western missionaries into an Igbo community in 19th century Nigeria, has long gripped readers across the world. It's not an obvious subject to arouse such wide interest, but Chinua Achebe's first novel is a work of extraordinary power and insight. It remains one of the best-known works by the Nigerian writer, whose career has spanned over 50 years and encompassed essays, poetry, the short story and the novel. Achebe's literary heights have been attained in spite of the demands of his career as the first director of external broadcasting at the Nigerian...

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