Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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Title: Things Fall Apart
Biographical information about the author: Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. He had an early career as a radio host, and later became the Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nigeria. After moving to America, he became an English professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Achebe has won numerous awards for his poetry and fiction, including the Man Booker prize and Commonwealth Poetry Price. He currently teaches at Bard College.
Author: Chinua Achebe

Date of Publication: 1959

Genre: Fiction

Historical information about the period of publication or setting of the novel: During the 1950s, Achebe was involved in a literary movement that drew from traditional oral culture. Things Fall Apart was a response to “white men’s accounts” of tribal African culture that dominated over accounts by African authors. His work gave a voice to underrepresented tribes in what is considered a postcolonial critique, fitting given that the 1950s was a time of decolonization and the emergence of African independence and cultural movements.

Plot Summary: The novel follows the life of a Nigerian man, Okonkwo. Okonkwo lives in a group of nine villages. The villages are ruled by a counsel of elders. Okonkwo is one of the respected leaders of his village. He is also a wrestling champion. Both his wrestling and his leadership role are driven by his shame about his father, who left a lot of debts unpaid when he died, and who Okonkwo viewed

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