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Chinua Achebe
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Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. His first novel, Things Falls Apart, became a classic of international literature and required reading for students worldwide. He also authored four subsequent novels, two short-story collections, and numerous other books. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and, for over 15 years, was the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement. He died in 2013.

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The African Trilogy
Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease, and Arrow of God
Written by Chinua Achebe
Introduction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Format: Hardcover, 536 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: January 5, 2010
Price: $30.00

Here, collected for the first time in Everyman’s Library, are the three internationally acclaimed classic novels that comprise what has come to be known as Chinua Achebe’s “African Trilogy.”

Beginning with the best-selling Things Fall Apart—on the heels of its fiftieth anniversary—The African Trilogy captures a society caught between its traditional roots... Read more >

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Anthills of the Savannah

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 4, 1997
Price: $14.00

Using the conflict between city and tribal villages, the ravages of the great African drought and Third World politics as a compelling backdrop, Achebe weaves a potent drama of modern Africa. This novel describes power politics in an imaginary West African country, Kangan, 'where a military coup has brought to prominence... Read more >
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Anthills of the Savannah

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 22, 2012
Price: $9.99

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Arrow of God

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 1, 1989
Price: $14.95

Winner of the New Statesman Award. Set in the Ibo heartland of eastern Nigeria, this novel describes the conflict between old and new in its most poignant aspect: the personal struggle between father and son. Read more >

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Chike and the River

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $10.00

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... Read more >
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Chike and the River

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: eBook, 64 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $8.99

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Collected Poems

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 10, 2004
Price: $14.00

In this moving and powerful collection of poetry, acclaimed African writer Chinua Achebe deploys his prodigious literary gifts to produce verse that ranges from an account of the tragedy of Biafra to an appeal to African consciousness, from a gentle mockery of tradition to a recollection of personal relationships. Achebe's poems... Read more >
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Collected Poems

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: eBook, 96 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 16, 2009
Price: $11.99

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The Education of a British-Protected Child
Essays
Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $11.99

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The Education of a British-Protected Child
Essays
Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $14.95

From the celebrated author of Things Fall Apart comes a new collection of autobiographical essays—his first new book in more than twenty years.

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... Read more >
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Contemporary World Literature
The African Trilogy; House of the Spirits; One Hundred Years of Solitude; The Cairo Trilogy; A House for Mr. Biswas; Midnight's Children
Written by Chinua Achebe, Isabel Allende, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Naguib Mahfouz and V.S. Naipaul


Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: December 21, 2010
Price: $165.95

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Girls at War

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 1, 1991
Price: $14.00

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. Read more >
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Girls at War

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: eBook, 128 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 22, 2012
Price: $9.99

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Home and Exile

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 18, 2001
Price: $12.00

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... Read more >

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Hopes and Impediments
Selected Essays
Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1990
Price: $14.00

One of 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 Eurocentrism in our appreciation of works of the imagination... Read more >
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Hopes and Impediments
Selected Essays
Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 22, 2012
Price: $9.99

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A Man of the People

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: December 19, 1988
Price: $13.95

In A Man of the People, Achebe 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 Read more >

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No Longer at Ease

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 16, 1994
Price: $13.00

The story of a man whose foreign education has separated him from his African roots and made him part of a ruling elite whose corruption he finds repugnant. More than thirty years after it was first written, this novel remains a brilliant statement on the challenges still facing African society. Read more >
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No Longer at Ease

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: eBook, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 28, 2011
Price: $9.99

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Things Fall Apart

Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Hardcover, 216 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: October 17, 1995
Price: $18.00

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Things Fall Apart
A Novel
Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 1, 1994
Price: $11.95

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 story traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives. It provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between... Read more >
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Things Fall Apart
A Novel
Written by Chinua Achebe


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 6, 2010
Price: $9.99

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