Achebe, who wrote in English and had been living in the United States in recent years, is best known for his fictional portrayals of the Nigerian village life in which he was raised. A longtime political activist, he also wrote frequently about British colonialism in Africa, and its effect on the culture and traditions of the continent.
In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize.
His most recent book, There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra,
was pubished in late 2012. It is a memoir about Achebe's coming of age
as Nigeria emerged as an independent nation, only to watch his homeland
wrenched apart by a brutal civil war.
Achebe is best know for his landmark debut, Things Fall Apart, one of the best-known and most widely read works of African literature.
Published to immediate acclaim (and some controversy) in 1958--just two years before Nigeria's independence from Britain--Things Fall Apart has sold millions of copies in more than 40 different languages. The story of a flawed but sympathetic farmer and champion wrestler named Okonkwo--whose "whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness"--Things Fall Apart unsentimentally depicts pre-colonial Nigerian tribal life.
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