Death has robbed us of Chinua Achebe – one of the most influential writers of his time. Undoubtedly Africa’s best known writer, Achebe stood for many things. To many, he was the father of African literature – recognized worldwide for his book, Things Fall Apart, the most translated African work of all time, which has sold more than 12 million copies and appeared in over 50 languages.
March 2013 Book Giveaway Competition – Win a Copy of Chinua Achebe’s latest novel, There Was a Country
Our selection for the month of March is There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra, the recent book released by legendary Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. Published by the Penguin Press, this long-awaited memoir revisits the Nigeria civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967-1970. The conflict pitted the Nigerian federal government against the breakaway state of Biafra. A marriage of history and memoir, vivid firsthand observation and decades of further research and reflection, There Was a Country is a work whose wisdom and compassion remind us of Chinua Achebe’s place as one of the great literary and moral voices of our age. Enter this month’s competition for a chance to win a copy of Chinua Achebe’s latest book.
Released last month in the UK (and later this month in the USA and Nigeria) by Penguin Press, There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra is the latest book from renowned Nigerian author, Chinua Achebe. Marrying history and memoir, poetry and prose, Achebe’s memoir about the brutal three-year Biafran war is a distillation of vivid firsthand observation and forty years of research and reflection.
Published by Heinemann in 1987, African Short Stories is a collection of short stories written by writers from different parts of Africa and edited by the Nigerian celebrated author Chinua Achebe and C.L Innes. The range of stories in this collection is diverse and covers a broad and wide spectrum, rich in African themes.
Things Fall Apart is the most translated African work of all time, appearing in over 50 languages, and has sold more than 8 million copies. It was not only the author’s first novel, but also among the first African books to be written in English, both of which facts make it all the more remarkable that it is still widely regarded as the seminal work of English language African literature.
CNN recently published a story on young writers starting a new chapter in Nigeria’s literary history. The story, part of a new series, I-List, focused on Nigeria as a country fifty years after independence. Among the writers mentioned was 19 year-old Chibundu Onuzo who has recently won a book deal with Faber for her first novel, The Spider King’s Daughter. The book is due to come out in 2011.