: Things Fall Apart

04-03-2013, 01:06 PM
Things Fall Apart

this title is borrowed from the late African writer Chinua Achebe .. he was

Albert Chinualumogu Achebe, born 16 November 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria of Igbo ethnicity

Raised by his parents in the Igbo town of Ogidi in southeastern Nigeria, Achebe excelled at school and won a scholarship for undergraduate studies. He became fascinated with world religions and traditional African cultures, and began writing stories as a university student. After graduation, he worked for the Nigerian Broadcasting Service (NBS) and soon moved to the metropolis of Lagos

He gained worldwide attention for Things Fall Apart in the late 1950s; his later novels include No Longer at Ease (1960), Arrow of God (1964), A Man of the People (1966), and Anthills of the Savannah (1987). Achebe wrote his novels in English and defended the use of English, a "language of colonisers", in African literature.
In 1975, his lecture An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" featured a famous criticism of Joseph Conrad as "a bloody racist"; it was later published amid some controversy

When the region of Biafra broke away from Nigeria in 1967, Achebe became a supporter of Biafran independence and acted as ambassador for the people of the new nation. The war ravaged the populace, and as starvation and violence took its toll, he appealed to the people of Europe and the Americas for aid
When the Nigerian government retook the region in 1970, he involved himself in political parties but soon resigned due to frustration over the corruption and elitism he witnessed. He lived in the United States for several years in the 1970s, and returned to the U.S. in 1990 after a car accident left him partially disabled

Achebe's novels focus on the traditions of Igbo society, the effect of Christian influences, and the clash of Western and traditional African values during and after the colonial era. His style relies heavily on the Igbo oral tradition, and combines straightforward narration with representations of folk stories, proverbs, and oratory. He also published a number of short stories, children's books, and essay collections. From 2009 until his death, he served as a professor at Brown University in the United States.. Died 21 March 2013 (aged 82

04-03-2013, 01:23 PM
what brought on this post? why should you care about Achebe? it was nothing like that actually
as he was leaving i asked about the program of the day, he said nothing specific other than the condolences at the Nigerian Mission

on the spot recollection of Things Fall Apart came to mind .. the novel described the state of chaos that ran through those rural parts of Nigeria upon the appearance of the white man

that was then .. what about now .. WHAT IS IT THAT DRIVING MY COUNTRY APART