Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Cooper, Carol. "Chinua Achebe's THINGS FALL APART Turns 50 This Year [Interview]." VILLAGE VOICE February 19, 2008.

Although Achebe has been internationally famous since 1958, when his first novel, Things Fall Apart, was published by London's Heinemann Press, subsequent decades have only expanded his impressive résumé. Things Fall Apart wasn't the first African novel written in English, but it remains one of the most significant and best known. Two years before Britain granted Nigeria its independence, Achebe's fictionalized critique of cultural imperialism did for colonialism what Uncle Tom's Cabin did for American slavery. A commemorative edition arrives this month from Vintage/Anchor to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Achebe's debut and his winning of the 2007 Man Booker International Prize, which honored his entire body of published work—his novels, critical essays, poetry, short stories, children's books, and anthologies of African short fiction. . . . Read the rest of the interview here: http://www.villagevoice.com/arts/0808,302331,302331,27.html.

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