Chinua Achebe

1 Things Fall Apart

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1992-12-15
Description :  <i>Things Fall Apart</i> 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, <i>Things Fall Apart </i>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.<br /><br /> With more than 20 million copies sold and translated into fifty-seven languages, <i>Things Fall Apart </i>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.

2 Weep Not, Child

Author : Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Ben Okri & Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Historical 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2012-06-05
Description :  <b>The Nobel Prize–nominated Kenyan writer’s&#xa0;powerful first novel<br /><br /></b>Two brothers, Njoroge and Kamau, stand on a garbage heap and look into their futures: Njoroge is to attend school, while Kamau will train to be a carpenter. But this is Kenya, and the times are against them: In the forests, the Mau Mau is waging war against the white government, and the two brothers and their family need to decide where their loyalties lie. For the practical Kamau, the choice is simple, but for Njoroge the scholar, the dream of progress through learning is a hard one to give up.<br /><br />The first East African novel published in English,<i>&#xa0;Weep Not, Child</i> is&#xa0;a moving book about the effects of the infamous Mau Mau uprising on the lives of ordinary men and women, and on one family in particular.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700&#xa0;titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the&#xa0;series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date&#xa0;translations by award-winning translators.

3 A Man of the People

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1988-12-19
Description :  <b>From the renowned author of The African Trilogy, a political satire about an unnamed African country navigating a path between violence and corruption</b><br /> &#xa0;<br /> As Minister for Culture, former school teacher M. A. Nanga is a man of the people, as cynical as he is charming, and a roguish opportunist. When Odili, an idealistic young teacher, visits his former instructor at the ministry, the division between them is vast. But in the eat-and-let-eat atmosphere, Odili's idealism soon collides with his lusts—and the two men's personal and political tauntings threaten to send their country into chaos. When Odili launches a vicious campaign against his former mentor for the same seat in an election, their mutual animosity drives the country to revolution.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Published, prophetically, just days before Nigeria's first attempted coup in 1966,&#xa0;<i>A Man of the People</i>&#xa0;is an essential part of Achebe’s body of work.

4 The African Trilogy

Author : Chinua Achebe & Kwame Anthony Appiah
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2017-05-02
Description :  Chinua Achebe is considered the father of modern African literature, the writer who "opened the magic casements of African fiction." <i>The African Trilogy</i>--comprised of <i>Things Fall Apart</i>, <i>Arrow of God</i>, and <i>No Longer at Ease</i>--is his magnum opus. In these masterly novels, Achebe brilliantly imagines the lives of three generations of an African community as their world is upended by the forces of colonialism from the first arrival of the British to the waning days of empire.<br /><br />The trilogy opens with the groundbreaking <i>Things Fall Apart</i>, the tale of Okonkwo, a hero in his village, whose clashes with missionaries--coupled with his own tragic pride--lead to his fall from grace. <i>Arrow of God</i> takes up the ongoing conflict between continuity and change as Ezeulu, the headstrong chief priest, finds his authority is under threat from rivals and colonial functionaries. But he believes himself to be untouchable and is determined to lead his people, even if it is towards their own destruction. Finally, in <i>No Longer at Ease</i>, Okonkwo's grandson, educated in England, returns to a civil-service job in Lagos, only to see his morality erode as he clings to his membership in the ruling elite.&#xa0;<br /><br />Drawing on the traditional Igbo tales of Achebe's youth, <i>The African Trilogy</i> is a literary landmark, a mythic and universal tale of modern Africa. As Toni Morrison wrote, "African literature is incomplete and unthinkable without the works of Chinua Achebe. For passion, intellect and crystalline prose, he is unsurpassed."

5 Arrow of God

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1989-01-01
Description :  <b>The second novel in Chinua Achebe’s masterful African trilogy, following <i>Things Fall Apart</i> and preceding <i>No Longer at Ease</i></b><br /> &#xa0;<br />When&#xa0;<i>Things Fall Apart</i>&#xa0;ends, colonial rule has been introduced to Umuofia, and the character of the nation, its values, freedoms, religious and socio-political foundations have substantially and irrevocably been altered.&#xa0;<i>Arrow of God,&#xa0;</i>the second novel in Chinua Achebe’s <i>The</i>&#xa0;<i>African Trilogy</i>, moves the historical narrative forward. This time, the action revolves around Ezeulu, the headstrong chief priest&#xa0;of the god Ulu, which is worshipped by the six villages of Umuaro. The novel is a meditation on the nature, uses, and responsibility of power and leadership. Ezeulu finds that his authority is increasingly under threat from rivals within his nation and functionaries of the newly established British colonial government. Yet he sees himself as untouchable.&#xa0;He is forced, with tragic consequences, to reconcile conflicting impulses in his own nature—a need to serve the protecting deity of his Umuaro people; a desire to retain control over their religious observances; and a need to gain increased personal power by pushing his authority to the limits. He ultimately fails as he leads his people to their own destruction, and consequently, his personal tragedy arises.&#xa0;<i>Arrow of God</i>&#xa0;is an unforgettable portrayal&#xa0;of the loss of faith, and the downfall of a man in a society forever altered by colonialism.

6 No Longer at Ease

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2009-07-26
Description :  Things Fall Apart, tells of a troubled young African whose formal education separates him from his roots and makes him part of a corrupt ruling elite he despises.

7 Petals of Blood

Author : Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Moses Isegawa & Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  1978-09-25
Description :  <b>“The definitive African book of the twentieth century<b>”</b> (Moses Isegawa, from the Introduction) by the Nobel Prize–nominated Kenyan writer</b><br /><br />The puzzling murder of three African directors of a foreign-owned brewery sets the scene for this fervent, hard-hitting novel about disillusionment in independent Kenya. A deceptively simple tale, <i>Petals of Blood</i>&#xa0;is on the surface a suspenseful investigation of a spectacular triple murder in upcountry Kenya. Yet as the intertwined stories of the four suspects unfold, a devastating picture emerges of a modern third-world nation whose frustrated people feel their leaders have failed them time after time. <br /><br />First published in 1977, this novel was so explosive that its author was imprisoned without charges by the Kenyan government. His incarceration was so shocking that newspapers around the world called attention to the case, and protests were raised by human-rights groups, scholars, and writers, including James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Donald Barthelme, Harold Pinter, and Margaret Drabble.

8 The River Between

Author : Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Uzodinma Iweala & Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2015-04-28
Description :  <b>A 50th-anniversary edition of one of the most powerful novels by the great Kenyan author and Nobel Prize nominee</b><br /><br /> A legendary work of African literature, this moving and eye-opening novel lucidly captures the drama of a people and culture whose world has been overturned. <i>The River Between</i> explores life in the mountains of Kenya during the early days of white settlement. Faced with a choice between an alluring new religion and their own ancestral customs, the Gikuyu people are torn between those who fear the unknown and those who see beyond it.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700&#xa0;titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the&#xa0;series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date&#xa0;translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

9 Devil on the Cross

Author : Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Namwali Serpell & Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Classics 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2017-04-11
Description :  <b>The great Kenyan writer and Nobel Prize nominee’s&#xa0;<b>novel that he wrote in secret, on toilet paper, while in prison—as described in his memoir <i>Wrestling with the Devil<br /></i></b></b><br />One of the cornerstones of Ngũgĩ&#xa0;wa Thiong’o’s fame, <i>Devil on the Cross </i>is a powerful fictional critique of capitalism. It tells the tragic story of Wariinga, a young woman who moves from a rural Kenyan town to the capital, Nairobi, only to be exploited by her boss and later by a corrupt businessman. As she struggles to survive, Wariinga begins to realize that her problems are only symptoms of a larger societal malaise and that much of the misfortune stems from the Western, capitalist influences on her country. An impassioned cry for a Kenya free of dictatorship and for African writers to work in their own local dialects, <i>Devil on the Cross </i>has had a profound influence on Africa and on post-colonial African literature.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

10 Home and Exile

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  Africa 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2000-07-27
Description :  Chinua Achebe is Africa's most prominent writer, the author of Things Fall Apart, the best known--and best selling--novel ever to come out of Africa. His fiction and poetry burn with a passionate commitment to political justice, bringing to life not only Africa's troubled encounters with Europe but also the dark side of contemporary African political life. Now, in Home and Exile, Achebe reveals the man behind his powerful work. Here is an extended exploration of the European impact on African culture, viewed through the most vivid experience available to the author--his own life. It is an extended snapshot of a major writer's childhood, illuminating his roots as an artist. Achebe discusses his English education and the relationship between colonial writers and the European literary tradition. He argues that if colonial writers try to imitate and, indeed, go one better than the Empire, they run the danger of undervaluing their homeland and their own people. Achebe contends that to redress the inequities of global oppression, writers must focus on where they come from, insisting that their value systems are as legitimate as any other. Stories are a real source of power in the world, he concludes, and to imitate the literature of another culture is to give that power away. Home and Exile is a moving account of an exceptional life. Achebe reveals the inner workings of the human conscience through the predicament of Africa and his own intellectual life. It is a story of the triumph of mind, told in the words of one of this century's most gifted writers.

11 Todo se desmorona

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2012-06-07
Description :  <b>La novela poscolonialista por excelencia: una de las grandes obras del siglo XX.</b><br /><br /><b>La tragedia personal y colectiva de un poderoso guerrero Ibo que ve cómo todo su mundo se viene abajo con la llegada del hombre blanco.</b><br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br /><br />«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.»<br /><br /><b>Wole Soyinka</b>

12 PEN America 2: Home and Away

Author : PEN American Center, Chinua Achebe, Guillaume Apollinaire, James Baldwin, Julio Cortazar, Lydia Davis, Anne Carson, André Aciman, Amy Hempel, Amiri Baraka, Flannery O'Connor & Angela Carter
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2001-10-01
Description :  Home &amp; Away features tributes to James Baldwin, Flannery O'Connor, and Marcel Proust alongside writing by Amy Hempel, Julio Cortazar, Amitav Ghosh, Anne Carson, and W. G. Sebald. PEN members reflect on what great books have never been translated into English.<br /><br /> PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers is published by PEN American Center. Featuring fiction, poetry, conversation, criticism, and memoir, PEN America champions international authors and provides first-hand insight into the minds of contemporary writers through provocative symposia.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> In 2000, PEN America was named one of the Ten Best New Magazines by Library Journal. PEN America has been a finalist for the Utne Independent Press Award for international coverage, and work from recent issues has been selected for Best American Essays, Best American Stories, and the Pushcart Prize.<br /><br /> PEN American Center is the largest of the 141 centers of International PEN, the world's oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 to dispel national, ethnic, and racial hatreds and to promote understanding among all countries. PEN American Center, founded a year later, works to advance literature, to defend free expression, and to foster international literary fellowship. Its 3,400 distinguished members carry on the achievements in literature and the advancement of human rights of such past members as James Baldwin, Willa Cather, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, Arthur Miller, Marianne Moore, Eugene O'Neill, Susan Sontag, and John Steinbeck. To learn more about PEN American Center, please visit: www.pen.org. PEN American Center welcomes readers and writers from all walks of life to join us in our mission to protect free expression and celebrate literature. To learn how to become a Professional or Associate Member of PEN, please visit: pen.org/join.

13 A Grain of Wheat

Author : Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Abdulrazak Gurnah & Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature  Historical 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2012-06-05
Description :  <b><b>The Nobel Prize–nominated Kenyan writer<b>’</b>s&#xa0;best-known novel<br /></b><br /></b>Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain,&#xa0;<i>A Grain of Wheat</i>&#xa0;follows a group of villagers whose lives have been transformed by the 1952–1960 Emergency. At the center of it all is the reticent Mugo, the village's chosen hero and a man haunted by a terrible secret. As we learn of the villagers' tangled histories in a narrative interwoven with myth and peppered with allusions to real-life leaders, including Jomo Kenyatta, a masterly story unfolds in which compromises are forced, friendships are betrayed, and loves are tested.<br /><br />For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700&#xa0;titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the&#xa0;series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date&#xa0;translations by award-winning translators.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

14 Anthills of the Savannah

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Literary 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1997-02-04
Description :  <b>A searing satire of political corruption and social injustice from the celebrated author of </b><i><b>Things Fall Apart</b><br /><br /></i>In the fictional West African nation of Kangan, newly independent of British rule, the hopes and dreams of democracy have been quashed by a fierce military dictatorship. Chris Oriko is a member of the president's cabinet for life, and one of the leader's oldest friends. When the president is charged with censoring the opportunistic editor of the state-run newspaper--another childhood friend--Chris's loyalty and ideology are put to the test. The fate of Kangan hangs in the balance as tensions rise and a devious plot is set in motion to silence a firebrand critic.&#xa0;<br /><br />From Chinua Achebe, the legendary author of <i>Things Fall Apart</i>, <i>Anthills of the Savannah </i>is "A vision of social change that strikes us with the force of prophecy" (<i>USA Today</i>).&#xa0;

15 Four Continents

Author : Nadine Gordimer, Chinua Achebe, Henry Lawson & V. S. Naipaul
Genre :  Education  Books  Professional & Technical  Reference  Foreign Languages 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2013-06-12
Description :  Henry Lawson, V. S. Naipaul, Nadine Gordimer and Chinua Achebe are respectively Australian, Caribbean, South African and Nigerian, yet they all write in English.<br /> The 'English' literature of the ex-colonies is proving to be the most interesting and innovative of our times: this volume offers a significant example of its vitality and originality. As Salman Rushdi said, 'the Empire writes back'.<br /> Introduction and notes by Paolo Bertinetti and Ruth Anne Henderson

16 There Was a Country

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Africa  Books  History  Military  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2012-10-11
Description :  <b>From the legendary author of <i>Things Fall Apart</i>—a long-awaited memoir of coming of age in a fragile new nation, and its destruction in a tragic civil war</b><br /><br />For more than forty years, Chinua Achebe maintained a considered silence on the events of the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967–1970, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. Decades in the making, <i>There Was a Country </i>is&#xa0;a towering account of one of modern Africa’s most disastrous events, from a writer whose words and courage left an enduring stamp on world literature. A marriage of history and memoir, vivid firsthand observation and decades of research and reflection, <i>There Was a Country</i> 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.

17 Chike and the River

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Culture, Places & People  Books  Kids  Fiction  Social Issues 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2011-08-09
Description :  <i>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.<br /></i><br />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 <i>suya</i> 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. <br /><br /><i>Chike and the River </i>is a magical tale of boundaries, bravery, and growth, by Chinua Achebe, one of the world’s most beloved and admired storytellers.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

18 PEN America 9: Checkpoints

Author : PEN American Center, Ian McEwan, Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Adichie, Jeffrey Eugenides, Mahmoud Darwish, Kimiko Hahn & Sarah Ruhl
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  2008-10-01
Description :  Checkpoints showcases new work by writers from all over the world examining the literal and metaphorical barriers that scar the globe. With Ian McEwan, Xiaolu Guo, Jeffrey Eugenides, Aleksandar Hemon, and many more. Writing from this issue has been included in Best American Essays and the Pushcart Prize anthology.<br /><br /> PEN America: A Journal for Writers and Readers is published by PEN American Center. Featuring fiction, poetry, conversation, criticism, and memoir, PEN America champions international authors and provides first-hand insight into the minds of contemporary writers through provocative symposia.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> In 2000, PEN America was named one of the Ten Best New Magazines by Library Journal. PEN America has been a finalist for the Utne Independent Press Award for international coverage, and work from recent issues has been selected for Best American Essays, Best American Stories, and the Pushcart Prize.<br /><br /> -----<br /><br /> PEN American Center is the largest of the 141 centers of International PEN, the world's oldest human rights organization and the oldest international literary organization. International PEN was founded in 1921 to dispel national, ethnic, and racial hatreds and to promote understanding among all countries. PEN American Center, founded a year later, works to advance literature, to defend free expression, and to foster international literary fellowship. Its 3,400 distinguished members carry on the achievements in literature and the advancement of human rights of such past members as James Baldwin, Willa Cather, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, Langston Hughes, Arthur Miller, Marianne Moore, Eugene O'Neill, Susan Sontag, and John Steinbeck. To learn more about PEN American Center, please visit: www.pen.org. PEN American Center welcomes readers and writers from all walks of life to join us in our mission to protect free expression and celebrate literature. To learn how to become a Professional or Associate Member of PEN, please visit: pen.org/join.

19 Me alegraría de otra muerte

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2012-06-07
Description :  <b>Obi Okonkwo regresa a Lagos lleno de ideas y nobles principios tras estudiar en Gran Bretaña. Pero pronto se verá forzado a moderar sus valores morales y sucumbir a las presiones de la sociedad corrupta de su país.</b><br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br />«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.»<br />Toni Morrison

20 Girls at War

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Short Stories  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1991-08-01
Description :  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.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

21 The Education of a British-Protected Child

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Fiction & Literature  Essays 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2009-10-06
Description :  <b>A collection of autobiographical essays from the celebrated author of <i>Things Fall Apart</i>&#xa0;</b><br /><br />Chinua Achebe’s characteristically eloquent and nuanced voice is everywhere present in these seventeen beautifully written pieces. From a vivid portrait of growing up in colonial Nigeria to considerations on the African-American Diaspora, from a glimpse into his extraordinary family life and his thoughts on the potent symbolism of President Obama’s elections—this charmingly personal, intellectually disciplined, and steadfastly wise collection is an indispensable addition to the remarkable Achebe oeuvre.

22 Collected Poems

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Poetry  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2004-08-10
Description :  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.

23 Hopes and Impediments

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Essays  Books  Fiction & Literature  Biographies & Memoirs  Literary Criticism 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  1990-09-01
Description :  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.<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

24 No Longer at Ease

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  1994-09-16
Description :  <b>A classic story of moral struggle in an age of turbulent social change and the final book in Chinua Achebe’s&#xa0;<i>The African Trilogy</i><br /><br /></b>When Obi Okonkwo, grandson of Okonkwo,&#xa0;the main character in&#xa0;<i>Things Fall Apart</i>&#xa0;returns to Nigeria from England in the 1950s, his foreign education separates him from his African roots.&#xa0;<i>No Longer at Ease,</i>&#xa0;the third and concluding novel in Chinua Achebe’s&#xa0;<i>The African Trilogy</i>, depicts the uncertainties that beset the nation of Nigeria, as independence from colonial rule loomed near. In Obi Okonkwo’s experiences, the ambiguities, pitfalls, and temptations of a rapidly evolving society are revealed. He is part of&#xa0;a ruling Nigerian elite whose corruption he finds repugnant. His fate, however, overtakes him as he finds himself trapped between the expectation of his family, his village—both representations of the traditional world of his ancestors—and the colonial world.&#xa0; A story of a man lost in cultural limbo, and a nation entering a new age of disillusionment,&#xa0;<i>No Longer at Ease</i>&#xa0;is a powerful metaphor for his generation of young Nigerians.

25 Un hombre del pueblo

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2012-06-07
Description :  <b>Una novela ácida sobre los mecanismos que someten a todo un país a la violencia y la corrupción institucional.</b><br /><br />Odili, un maestro de escuela, visita a quien había sido su profesor, 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, este empieza a insinuarse a la prometida de Nanga y se involucra en la formación de un partido opositor. Tras el triunfo de un golpe de Estado militar, Nanga caerá en desgracia y Odili se convertirá en el nuevo, todopoderoso y corrupto ministro.<br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br />«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.»<br />Nadine Gordimer

26 La flecha del dios

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2012-06-07
Description :  <b>Historia del sumo sacerdote de Ulu que, armado con sus creencias, está dispuesto a amenazar y aniquilar al sentirse intocable por ser la flecha en el arco de su Dios... Pero su tribu no se lo pondrá tan fácil.</b><br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br />«El escritor en cuya compañía cayeron los muros de la prisión.»<br /><br />Nelson Mandela

27 Termiteros de la sabana

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2012-06-07
Description :  <b>Un poderoso drama sobre el África contemporánea con el conflicto entre la ciudad y las aldeas tribales, y la política del Tercer mundo como telón de fondo.</b><br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>Reseña:</b><br />«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.»<br /><i>Financial Times</i>

28 Trives ej længere her

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2014-02-28
Description :  Chinua Achebe (1930-2013), født og opvokset i Nigeria, kaldes ofte faderen til den moderne afrikanske litteratur. Han er især kendt for romanen <i>Alt falder fra hinanden</i>, som er oversat til 50 sprog og solgt i mere end ti millioner eksemplarer. I 2007 vandt Achebe den fornemme internationale Man Bookerpris for sit forfatterskab foran så prominente navne som Ian McEwan, Alice Munro og Salman Rushdie.<br /><br /> Efter fire års studier ved et engelsk universitet vender Obi Okonkwo hjem til sit fødeland Nigeria, hvor han får en fornem stilling i administrationen. Obi er en idealistisk ung mand med store forhåbninger til Nigerias fremtid, men han opdager hurtigt, at den udbredte korruption i landet har dybe rødder, der er svære at hugge over. Fast besluttet på at vise sig som et forbillede og ændre den herskende mentalitet modstår Obi dog ethvert forsøg på bestikkelse, men da han både støder sammen med de gamle traditioner og får økonomiske problemer, bliver det sværere og sværere for ham at modstå fristelsen. Til sidst bliver han fanget i en fælde, han ikke kan undslippe.<br /><br /> ”Det er en meget moralsk historie, men den er fortalt med den særlige sprødhed, der er karakteristisk for Achebe, en blanding af følsomhed og ironi, en viden, der hele tiden bæres af en bestemt form for uskyld. Man kunne kalde den ’afrikansk’, fordi den rummer undren over alle de nye muligheder og en smertelig viden om, at der skal tages afsked med meget godt, dybt, mystisk og oprindeligt gammelt, før det ny kan accepteres og fungere rent.” – Klaus Rifbjerg, Politiken<br /><br /> ”Der var en forfatter, der hed Chinua Achebe, i hvis selskab fængselsmurene faldt ned.” – Nelson Mandela

29 Alt falder fra hinanden

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2013-11-22
Description :  Chinua Achebe (1930-2013), født og opvokset i Nigeria, kaldes ofte faderen til den moderne afrikanske litteratur. Han er især kendt for romanen <i>Alt falder fra hinanden</i>, som er oversat til 50 sprog og solgt i mere end ti millioner eksemplarer. I 2007 vandt Achebe den fornemme internationale Man Bookerpris for sit forfatterskab foran så prominente navne som&#xa0;Ian McEwan, Alice Munro og Salman Rushdie.<br /><br /> Okonkwo er kendt viden om som en stor bryder og kriger, og han er en af landsbyen Umuofias mest lovende mænd. I modsætning til sin far, som han foragter, er Okonkwo hårdtarbejdende, tapper og stolt, og hans største ambition er at blive en af stammens stormænd. Han har fra et fattigt udgangspunkt langsomt arbejdet sig hen imod dette mål, da sort uheld tvinger ham og hans familie ud i syv års landflygtighed. Da de endelig kan vende hjem til Umuofia, hvor Okonkwo planlægger at tage fat, hvor han slap, har alting forandret sig; engelske missionærer har gjort deres indtog og medbragt britisk administration og retsvæsen. Som følge heraf er stammens ældgamle traditioner og hierarkier i opbrud, og Okonkwo ser magtesløs til, mens alt omkring ham falder fra hinanden.<br /><br /> ”Det ville være umuligt at sige, hvordan <i>Alt falder fra hinanden</i> har påvirket afrikanske forfattere. Det ville være ligesom at spørge, hvordan Shakespeare har påvirket engelske forfattere eller, hvordan Pushkin har påvirket russiske.” – Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor i filosofi ved Princeton University<br /><br /> ”En af de fem bøger alle bør læse mindst én gang.” – Oprah Winfrey<br /><br /> ”Der var en forfatter, der hed Chinua Achebe, i hvis selskab fængselsmurene faldt ned.” – Nelson Mandela

30 Le cose crollano

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2016-10-13
Description :  Okonkwo è un guerriero, un lottatore, un uomo ambizioso e rispettato che sogna di divenire leader indiscusso del suo clan. Dal suo villaggio Ibo, in Nigeria, la fama di Okonkwo si è diffusa come un incendio in tutto il continente. Ma Okonkwo ha anche un carattere fiero, ostinato: non vuole essere come suo padre, molle e sentimentale, lui è deciso a non mostrare mai alcuna debolezza, alcuna emozione, se non attraverso l’uso della forza. Quando la sua comunità è costretta a fronteggiare l’irruzione degli europei, l’ordine delle cose in cui Okonkwo è nato e cresciuto comincia a crollare, e la sua reazione sarà solo il principio di una parabola che lo porterà nella polvere: da guerriero temuto e venerato, a eroe sconfitto, oltraggiato. Le cose crollano, il primo libro della trilogia che ha consegnato Chinua Achebe alla fama internazionale – in corso di pubblicazione presso La nave di Teseo in una nuova traduzione – è unanimemente considerato il suo capolavoro, capace di intrecciare nella stessa vicenda due storie diverse: quella personale di Okonkwo e quella più ampia dello scontro fra due religioni e civiltà. Nella scrittura di Achebe, interprete di una grande tradizione letteraria, i conflitti ancestrali fra individuo e comunità dialogano con i percorsi accidentati della storia, le cui conseguenze investono ancora il mondo in cui viviamo.

31 Alles zerfällt

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2012-04-05
Description :  Der Afrika-Roman, der die moderne afrikanische Literatur begründete und die Weltliteratur prägte – endlich in neuer Übersetzung!Chinua Achebe erzählt von Verrat und Rache, von Leidenschaften, die keine Ruhe finden, und von Sehnsüchten, die keine Zukunft haben. Okonkwo, stark und jähzornig, stösst sich an den strengen Stammesregeln und zerbricht an dem Regime der britischen Kolonialherren.In seinem Meisterwerk beschreibt Achebe den Konflikt einer archaischen Kultur in einer Sprache, die rituell-sprichwörtlich, dokumentarisch und elementar poetisch ist: Mit diesem Roman erhielt der Kontinent eine Stimme.

32 Heimkehr in ein fremdes Land

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2015-09-24
Description :  Chinua Achebe - der zweite Band seiner &#34;Afrikanischen Trilogie&#34;›Heimkehr in ein fremdes Land‹ folgt auf ›Alles zerfällt‹ und bildet den zweiten Band der &#34;Afrikanischen Trilogie&#34;. - Obi Okwonkwo, der Enkel des Helden aus ›Alles zerfällt‹, verlässt sein Dorf mit Unterstützung aller, um, britisch erzogen, einmal als Politiker für sie einzustehen. Doch er enttäuscht alle. Achebes Roman über ein Leben, das nicht gelingen kann.&#34;Da war ein Autor mit dem Namen Chinua Achebe, in dessen Gesellschaft die Gefängnismauern einstürzten.&#34;Nelson Mandela über die Bücher, die er im Gefängnis gelesen hatte

33 Einer von uns

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $21.99
Release Date :  2016-08-25
Description :  Chinua Achebes prophetischer Afrika-RomanMit ›Einer von uns‹ nimmt Chinua Achebe den Militärputsch vorweg, der Nigeria 1966, nur Tage nach der Veröffentlichung des Romans, in einen blutigen Bürgerkrieg stürzte. Der junge, idealistische Odili besucht seinen ehemaligen Lehrer Chief Naga, der nun Kulturminister ist und sich - vordergründig ein Mann des Volkes - listig an seinem Land bereichert. Die moralische Kluft zwischen den beiden Männern erscheint zunächst riesig. Doch in der &#34;Fressen-und-gefressen-werden&#34;-Atmosphäre kollidiert Odilis Idealismus bald mit seinen persönlichen Begierden – und die private und politische Rivalität des Jungen und des Alten droht das ganze Land in Chaos zu stürzen. ›Einer von uns‹ ist Chinua Achebes vierter Roman und zählt zu den wichtigsten seines Werkes. Nun liegt er endlich in deutscher Übersetzung vor.&#34;Chinua Achebe ist ein magischer Schriftsteller – einer der besten des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts&#34; Margaret Atwood

34 Termitenhügel in der Savanne

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2016-08-25
Description :  Der letzte Roman des großen Schriftstellers Chinua AchebeMit ›Termitenhügel in der Savanne‹ wendet Achebe sich der afrikanischen Gegenwart zu. In einem fiktiven Staat Westafrikas, der Nigeria nicht unähnlich ist, herrscht unter &#34;Seiner Exzellenz&#34; Sam eine Atmosphäre der Unterdrückung und des Misstrauens. Achebe folgt dem engsten Umfeld des Despoten und trifft in den Kern einer politischen und vor allem menschlichen Tragödie.Im westafrikanischen Kangan herrscht nach einem Militärputsch der junge, in England ausgebildete Offizier Sam. Seine Freunde Chris Oriko, der Informationsminister der Regierung, und Ikem Osodi, Dichter und Chefredakteur der regierungskritischen National Gazette, kennen Sam aus Studienzeiten und müssen mitansehen, wie der charmante junge Mann sich zu einem machtbesessenen Despoten entwickelt. Als Ikem beginnt sich gegen ihn zu stellen, bringt er nicht nur sich selbst, sondern das ganze Land in Gefahr. Chinua Achebe wendet sich mit seinem letzten Roman der afrikanischen Gegenwart zu und erzählt am Beispiel des fiktiven Kangan eindrücklich von der Atmosphäre eines Staates an der Schwelle zur Diktatur.&#34;Chinua Achebe ist ein magischer Schriftsteller - einer der größten des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts.&#34; Margaret Atwood

35 Wie man unsere Namen schreibt

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $21.99
Release Date :  2015-09-24
Description :  Chinua Achebe - seine Essays zum ersten Mal auf Deutsch›Mein Vater und ich‹, ›Meine Töchter‹ - in 17 persönlichen, polemischen und politischen Essays betrachtet Chinua Achebe den Bogen seines Lebens. Kein Autor hat die Signatur, mit der ihn Afrika prägte, so deutlich beschrieben, analysiert und um seine Anerkennung gekämpft wie Achebe. In dem zum ersten Mal auf Deutsch vorliegenden Band erzählt er von seiner Kindheit, seiner Herkunft und seinem Erbe: von dem Kind in Nigeria bis zu dem Verkehrsunfall, der ihn über zwanzig Jahre an den Rollstuhl fesselte.&#34;Ohne das Werk von Chinua Achebe wäre die afrikanische Literatur überhaupt nicht vorstellbar. Seine Leidenschaft, sein scharfer Geist, seine glasklare Prosa sind unübertrefflich.&#34;Toni Morrison

36 Der Pfeil Gottes

Author : Chinua Achebe
Genre :  Literary  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2015-09-24
Description :  Chinua Achebe - der dritte Band seiner &#34;Afrikanischen Trilogie&#34;Um 1920 in Nigeria: Ezeulu sieht sich selbst als der Pfeil, den Gott in seinen Bogen spannt, um klar zu zeigen, was richtig und was falsch ist. Falsch wäre es, mit den Kolonialherren einen Kompromiss einzugehen oder mit den Missionaren gemeinsame Sache zu machen. Aber seine Leute stellen sich gegen ihn, als das Falsche richtig scheint. - Der Abschluss der &#34;Afrikanischen Trilogie&#34; - der Roman einer existentiellen Entscheidung.&#34;Er fing die Seele eines ganzen Kontinents ein.&#34; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



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