Things Fall Apart

A Novel, Ausgezeichnet: Man Booker International Prize, 2007. Ausgezeichnet: Man Booker International Prize 2007

Chinua Achebe

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Beschreibung

“A true classic of world literature . . . A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.” Barack Obama 

“African literature is incomplete and unthinkable without the works of Chinua Achebe.” —Toni Morrison

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


Things Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe's critically acclaimed African Trilogy. It is a classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man's futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political andreligious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order.

With more than 20 million copies sold and translated into fifty-seven languages, Things Fall Apart provides one of the most illuminating and permanent monuments to African experience. Achebe does not only capture life in a pre-colonial African village, he conveys the tragedy of the loss of that world while broadening our understanding of our contemporary realities.

Praise for Chinua Achebe

"A true classic of world literature...A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world." - Barack Obama

"A magical writer-one of the greatest of the twentieth century." -Margaret Atwood

"African literature is incomplete and unthinkable without the works of Chinua Achebe." -Toni Morrison

"Chinua Achebe has shown that a mind that observes clearly but feels deeply enough to afford laughter may be more wise than all the politicians and journalists." -Time

"Chinua Achebe is gloriously gifted with the magic of an ebullient, generous, great talent." -Nadine Gordimer

"Achebe's influence should go on and on . . . teaching and reminding that all humankind is one." -The Nation

"The father of African literature in the English language and undoubtedly one of the most important writers of the second half of the twentieth century." -Caryl Phillips, The Observer

"We are indebted to Achebe for reminding us that art has social and moral dimension-a truth often obscured." -Chicago Tribune

"He is one of the few writers of our time who has touched us with a code of values that will never be ironic." -Michael Ondaatje

"For so many readers around the world, it is Chinua Achebe who opened up the magic casements of African fiction." -Kwame Anthony Appiah

"[Achebe] is one of world literature's great humane voices." -Times Literary Supplement

"Achebe is one of the most distinguished artists to emerge from the West African cultural renaissance of the post-war world." -The Sunday Times (London)

"[Achebe is] a powerful voice for cultural decolonization." -The Village Voice

"The power and majesty of Chinua Achebe's work has, literally, opened the world to generations of readers. He is an ambassador of art, and a profound recorder of the human condition." -Michael Dorris

Produktdetails

Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 224
Erscheinungsdatum 01.01.1994
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-385-47454-2
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 20/13.3/2 cm
Gewicht 209 g
Verkaufsrang 5708

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Things Fall Apart von Chinua Achebe
von Io am 05.09.2020
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Interesting. Description of an african tribe without any romantic bias. We learn about their life circumstances and how it changes after the arrival of the Europeans.

An African classic
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden aus Zürich am 08.03.2020

Achebe's novel shows an African community, the Igbo people, before Europeans arrived and changed their way of lives forever. There's no doubt that Achebe is a masterful storyteller and I love his writing style. However, the story is not always an gripping. I loved learning about a culture I was ignorant about and Achebe perfectl... Achebe's novel shows an African community, the Igbo people, before Europeans arrived and changed their way of lives forever. There's no doubt that Achebe is a masterful storyteller and I love his writing style. However, the story is not always an gripping. I loved learning about a culture I was ignorant about and Achebe perfectly shows how both Igbo and Europeans have patriarchal structures and rampant misogyny, I had difficulty with the main protagonist's perspective. He could be very violent and abusive and that can get tiring after a while. Some scenes also go nowhere or are a little longer that I would've wanted but that is a personal and highly subjective preference so I can't fault it for that. Nonetheless, the novel is a deserved classic of literature and a great starting point for people who haven't read any African literature.


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