Chinua Achebe: Teacher of Light, A Biography
Tijan M. SallahISBN: 1592210325;
Book DescriptionChinua Achebe is one of the world?s leading novelists, a writer who, according to Nadine Gordimer, "makes you laugh and then catches your breath in horror." Growing up in the cultural crossroads of colonial Nigeria, he lived and mediated in a world in which people moved between allegiance to traditional Igbo beliefs and values and those introduced by the British, particularly Anglican Christianity under the Church Missionary Society (CMS). His urge to write developed as an answer to European caricatures of African characters in such novels as Joyce Cary?s Mister Johnson or Joseph Conrad?s Heart of Darkness. Africans needed to tell their own stories, and Achebe?s Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, became the first attempt by an African to tell a serious African story. Its remarkable success, compared to the works of the best in Greek tragedy, launched the development of a whole continent?s literature, and resulted in the appointment of...
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