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Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles

by Chinua Achebe Richard Dowden

After a lifetime's close observation of the continent, one of the world's finest Africa correspondents has penned a landmark book on life and death in modern Africa. In captivating prose, Dowden spins tales of cults and commerce in Senegal and traditional spirituality in Sierra Leone; analyzes the impact of oil and the internet on Nigeria and aid on Sudan; and examines what has gone so badly wrong in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Congo. From the individual stories of failure and success comes a surprising portrait of a new Africa emerging--an Africa that, Dowden argues, can only be developed by its own people. Dowden's master work is an attempt to explain why Africa is the way it is and calls for a re-examination of the perception of Africa as "the dark continent." He reveals it as a place of inspiration and tremendous humanity.

Anthills of the Savannah

by Chinua Achebe

Chris, Ikem and Beatrice are like-minded friends working under the military regime of His Excellency, the Sandhurst-educated President of Kangan. In the pressurized atmosphere of oppression and intimidation they are simply trying to live and love - and remain friends. But in a world where each day brings a new betrayal, hope is hard to cling on to. Anthills of the Savannah (1987), Achebe's candid vision of contemporary African politics, is a powerful fusion of angry voices. It continues the journey that Achebe began with his earlier novels, tracing the history of modern Africa through colonialism and beyond, and is a work ultimately filled with hope.

Arrow of God (African Trilogy #3)

by Chinua Achebe

Set in the Ibo heartland of eastern Nigeria, one of Africa's best-known writers describes the conflict between old and new in its most poignant aspect: the personal struggle between father and son.

Chike and the River

by Chinua Achebe

The more Chike saw the ferry-boats the more he wanted to make the trip to Asaba. But where would he get the money? He did not know. Still, he hoped.Eleven-year-old Chike longs to cross the Niger River to the city of Asaba, but he doesn't have the sixpence he needs to pay for the ferry ride. With the help of his friend S.M.O.G., he embarks on a series of adventures to help him get there. Along the way, he is exposed to a range of new experiences that are both thrilling and terrifying, from eating his first skewer of suya under the shade of a mango tree, to visiting the village magician who promises to double the money in his pocket. Once he finally makes it across the river, Chike realizes that life on the other side is far different from his expectations, and he must find the courage within him to make it home. Chike and the River is a magical tale of boundaries, bravery, and growth, by Chinua Achebe, one of the world's most beloved and admired storytellers.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Collected Poems

by Chinua Achebe

A collection of poetry spanning the full range of the African-born author's acclaimed career has been updated to include seven never-before-published works, as well as much of his early poetry that explores such themes as the African consciousness, the tragedy of Biafra, and the mysteries of human relationships.

The Education of a British-Protected Child

by Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe is one of the towering figures in world literature, whose writing forged new ways of expression and overturned perceptions of Africa permanently. This unprecedented volume of autobiographical essays, many of which have never been published before, is one of his most powerful and personal works to date. The pieces here span reflections on personal and collective identity, on home and family, on literature, language and politics, and on Achebe's lifelong attempt to reclaim the definition of 'Africa' for its own authorship. For the first thirty years of his life, before Nigeria's independence in 1960, Achebe was officially defined as a 'British Protected Person'. In 'The Education of a British-Protected Child' he gives us a vivid, ironic and delicately nuanced portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria and inhabiting its 'middle ground', interrogating both his happy memories of reading English adventure stories in secondary school and also the harsher truths of colonial rule. In some pieces Achebe's extraordinary family come to the fore, such as 'My Dad and Me' and 'My Daughters'. Here too are writings on Achebe's complex and often tense relationship with his native land over the last half-century, such as 'What is Nigeria to Me?', which criticizes the failures of the post-colonial nation. There are also many opinionated and heartfelt political pieces tackling racism and the world's view of Africa, such as 'Travelling White', describing his experiences of segregation on buses in Rhodesia, and 'Africa is People', a positive call for the West to cancel Third World debt. Infused with wry, self-deprecating wit, honesty and passion, these writings give us a new and unique insight into Achebe the writer, and the man.

La flecha de Dios

by Chinua Achebe

Ezeulu, el sumo sacerdote del dios Ulu, es reverenciado en las seis aldeas de Umuaro, pero empieza a ver amenazada su autoridad por sus rivales de la tribu, por el gobierno de los blancos e incluso por su propia famila. Sin embargo, se siente intocable: ¿acaso no es él la flecha en el arco de su dios? Armado con sus creencias, está dispuesto a dirigir a su pueblo aunque eso conlleve destruir y aniquilar, pero quizá el pueblo no se deje dominar tan fácilmente.«El escritor en cuya compañía cayeron los muros de la prisión.»NELSON MANDELA

Girls at War

by Chinua Achebe

Twelve stories by the internationally renowned novelist which recreate with energy and authenticity the major social and political issues that confront contemporary Africans on a daily basis.

Girls at War and Other Stories

by Chinua Achebe

Twelve stories by the internationally renowned novelist which recreate with energy and authenticity the major social and political issues that confront contemporary Africans on a daily basis.

Un hombre del pueblo

by Chinua Achebe

odili, un maestro de escuela, visita a su antiguo maestro, el jefe Nanga, convertido ahora en el todopoderoso y corrupto ministro de Cultura. La riqueza y el prestigio de Nanga seducen a la novia de Odili; para vengarse, Odili empieza a insinuarse a la prometida de Nanga, y se involucra en la formación de un partido opositor. Cuando triunfe un golpe de estado militar, Nanga caerá en desgracia y Odili se convertirá en el nuevo todopoderoso y corrupto ministro.«Muchos de nosotros vivimos, o hemos vivido, bajo regímenes cuya moralidad nadie ha descrito mejor que Chinua Achebe en su novela Un hombre del pueblo.»NADINE GORDIMER

Home and Exile

by Chinua Achebe

More personally revealing than anything Achebe has written, "Home and Exile"--the great Nigerian novelist's first book in more than ten years--is a major statement on the importance of stories as real sources of power, especially for those whose stories have traditionally been told by outsiders. In three elegant essays, Achebe seeks to rescue African culture from narratives written about it by Europeans. Looking through the prism of his experiences as a student in English schools in Nigeria, he provides devastating examples of European cultural imperialism. He examines the impact that his novel "Things Fall Apart" had on efforts to reclaim Africa's story. And he argues for the importance of writing and living the African experience because, he believes, Africa needs stories told by Africans.

Hopes and Impediments: Selected Essays

by Chinua Achebe

One of the most provocative and original voices in contemporary literature, Chinua Achebe here considers the place of literature and art in our society in a collection of essays spanning his best writing and lectures from the last twenty-three years. For Achebe, overcoming goes hand in hand with eradicating the destructive effects of racism and injustice in Western society. He reveals the impediments that still stand in the way of open, equal dialogue between Africans and Europeans, between blacks and whites, but also instills us with hope that they will soon be overcome.From the Trade Paperback edition.

A Man of the People: A Novel

by Chinua Achebe

By the renowned author of "Things Fall Apart", this novel foreshadows the Nigerian coups of 1966 and shows the color and vivacity as well as the violence and corruption of a society making its own way between the two worlds.

Me alegraría de otra muerte

by Chinua Achebe

Obi Okonkwo es un joven idealista que, gracias a los privilegios de haberse formado en Inglaterra, regresa a Nigeria para trabajar en la administración pública. Sin embargo, se encuentra con un gobierno que opera con maniobras sucias y sobornos. Cuando -para disgusto de sus padres- se enamora de la muchacha equivocada, se sumerge en un caos emocional y económico. El dinero fácil es ahora irrechazable, y Obi cae en una trampa de la que le resultará muy difícil escapar.«La literatura africana sería impensable y estaría incompleta sin las obras de Chinua Achebe. En pasión, intelecto y prosa cristalina, no hay escritor que lo haya superado.»TONI MORRISON

No Longer at Ease

by Chinua Achebe

The second book in Achebe's "African trilogy": A classic story of personal and moral struggle as well as turbulent social conflict. When Obi Okonkwo--grandson of Okonkwo, the main character in Things Fall Apart--returns to Nigeria from England in the 1950s, his foreign education separates him from his African roots. He's become a part of a ruling elite whose corruption he finds repugnant. Forced to choose between traditional values and the demands of a changing world, he finds himself trapped between the expectations of his family, his village, and the larger society around him. With unequaled clarity and poignancy, Chinua Achebe's No Longer at Ease remains a brilliant statement of the challenges facing Nigeria today.

Termiteros de la sabana

by Chinua Achebe

Chris, Ikem y Beatrice son tres estudiantes que comparten opiniones políticas y tratan de sobrevivir bajo la dictadura de un presidente educado en una academia militar británica. Unidos por la lucha contra la tiranía, la relación entre los tres jóvenes da un giro radical cuando cambia el régimen político y Chris y Beatrice pasan a trabajar para el gobierno, mientras que Ikem se convierte en redactor de un periódico opositor. Pero en un mundo en que cada nuevo día conlleva una nueva traición, Beatrice se niega a rendirse y a renunciar a la esperanza.«Un libro sabio, estimulante y necesario, un poderoso antídoto a los comentaristas cínicos que, desde la otra orilla, jamás ven que salga nada nuevo de África.»Financial Times

Things Fall Apart

by Chinua Achebe

THINGS FALL APART tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which center around Okonkwo, a "strong man" of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society. The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, and which elevates the book to a tragic plane, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries. These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized, and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. THINGS FALL APART is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 9-10 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

Things Fall Apart (Adapted)

by Chinua Achebe Sandra Widner

Achebe's first novel portrays the collision of African and European cultures in people's lives. Okonkwo, a great man in Igbo traditional society, cannot adapt to the profound changes brought about by British colonial rule. Yet, as in classic tragedy, Okonkwo's downfall results from his own character as well as from external forces.

Things Fall Apart and Related Readings

by Chinua Achebe

A book containing Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and other great poems, stories and essays.

Things Fall Apart, with Connections

by Chinua Achebe

The classic novel Things Fall Apart along with related materials: a poem, interviews, a speech, fables, a short story, and a short biography of Achebe.

Todo se desmorona

by Chinua Achebe

Okonkwo es un gran guerrero, cuya fama se extiende por todo el África Occidental, pero al matar por accidente a un prohombre de su clan es obligado a expiar su culpa con el sacrificio de su hijastro y el exilio. Cuando por fin puede regresar a su aldea, la encuentra repleta de misioneros y gobernadores británicos. Su mundo se desmorona, y él no puede más que precipitarse hacia la tragedia. Esta apasionada parábola sobre un hombre orgulloso que, desamparado, presencia la ruina de su pueblo fue publicada en 1958, y desde entonces ha vendido más de diez millones de ejemplares en cuarenta y cinco idiomas.«Sus sólidas obras sobre la vida que fue destruida a consecuencia del mandato colonial son modélicas como reconstrucciones históricas y también como pruebas de su maestría estilística.»WOLE SOYINKA

The Trouble with Nigeria

by Chinua Achebe

The trouble with Nigeria is simply and squarely a failure of leadership. There is nothing basically wrong with the Nigerian land or climate or water or air or anything else. The Nigerian problem is the unwillingness or inability of its leaders to rise to the responsibility, to the challenge of personal example which are the hallmarks of true leadership.

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