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Things Fall Apart may well be Africa's best-loved novel. It is read widely in Nigeria, where it was written, and in the rest of Africa, where it is a staple in secondary-school English classes and at the university; but it is read and studied widely, too, in Europe and North America; and in India or Australia if an educated person could name only one African novel, this would probably be it.
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