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Chinua Achebe

Chinua Achebe (1930–2013) was born in Nigeria. Widely considered to be the father of modern African literature, he is best known for his masterful African Trilogy, consisting of Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, and No Longer at Ease. The trilogy tells the story of modern Nigeria over three generations from first colonial contact to urban migration and the breakdown of traditional cultures. He is also the author of Anthills of the SavannahA Man of the PeopleGirls at War and Other StoriesHome and ExileHopes and ImpedimentsCollected PoemsThe Education of a British-Protected ChildChike and the River, and There Was a Country. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University...

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The African Trilogy
Written by Chinua Achebe, Foreword by Kwame Anthony Appiah
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | May 2, 2017
$25.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-313134-2 (0-14-313134-6)

Chinua Achebe is considered the father of modern African literature, the writer who "opened the magic casements of African fiction." The African Trilogy--comprised of Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, and No Longer at Ease--is his magnum opus. In these masterly novels, Achebe brilliantly imagines the lives of three generations of... Read more






The African Trilogy
Written by Chinua Achebe, Introduction by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | January 2010
$30.00/37.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-59270-5 (0-307-59270-7)

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






Anthills of the Savannah
Written by Chinua Achebe
Anchor | Trade Paperback | February 1997
$14.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-26045-9 (0-385-26045-8)

A searing satire of political corruption and social injustice from the celebrated author of Things Fall Apart

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...

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Arrow of God
Written by Chinua Achebe
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | August 2016
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-01480-9 (0-385-01480-5)

The second novel in Chinua Achebe’s masterful African trilogy, following Things Fall Apart and preceding No Longer at Ease
 
Regarded by Chinua Achebe as his greatest achievement, Arrow of God is a tale of the generation that came after Okonkwo as they took up their own struggle between continuity and change.

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Chike and the River
Written by Chinua Achebe
Anchor | Trade Paperback | August 2011
$10.00/11.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-47386-8 (0-307-47386-4)

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...

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Collected Poems
Written by Chinua Achebe
Anchor | Trade Paperback | August 2004
$14.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-1-4000-7658-1 (1-4000-7658-7)

"The father of African literature in the English language and undoubtedly one of the most important writers of the second half of the twentieth century." --Caryl Phillips, The Observer

Chinua Achebe's award-winning poems are marked by a subtle richness and the political acuity and moral vision that are a signature of all... Read more






Devil on the Cross
Written by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Series edited by Chinua Achebe, Introduction by Namwali Serpell
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 11, 2017
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310736-1 (0-14-310736-4)

The great Kenyan writer and Nobel Prize nominee Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s powerful fictional critique of capitalism

One of the cornerstones of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s fame, Devil on the Cross was written in secret, on toilet paper, while Ngũgĩ was in prison. It tells the tragic story of Wariinga, a young woman who moves from a rural... Read more






The Education of a British-Protected Child
Written by Chinua Achebe
Anchor | Trade Paperback | October 2010
$14.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-47367-7 (0-307-47367-8)

A collection of autobiographical essays from the celebrated author of Things Fall Apart 

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...

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Girls at War
Written by Chinua Achebe
Anchor | Trade Paperback | August 1991
$14.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-41896-6 (0-385-41896-5)

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






A Grain of Wheat
Written by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Series edited by Chinua Achebe, Introduction by Abdulrazak Gurnah
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | June 2012
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310676-0 (0-14-310676-7)

The Nobel Prize–nominated Kenyan writers best-known novel

Set in the wake of the Mau Mau rebellion and on the cusp of Kenya's independence from Britain, A Grain of Wheat 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... Read more






Home and Exile
Written by Chinua Achebe
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 2001
$12.00/13.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-72133-2 (0-385-72133-1)

"A rare opportunity to glimpse a bit of the man behind the monumental novels." --Chicago Tribune

Powerful and deeply personal, these three essays by the great Nigerian author articulate his mission to rescue African culture from the narratives written by Europeans. Looking through the prism of his experiences as a student in English schools... Read more






Hopes and Impediments
Written by Chinua Achebe
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 1990
$14.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-41479-1 (0-385-41479-X)

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... Read more






A Man of the People
Written by Chinua Achebe
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | August 2016
$15.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-08616-5 (0-385-08616-4)

From the renowned author of The African Trilogy, a political satire about an unnamed African country navigating a path between violence and corruption
 
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... Read more






No Longer at Ease
Written by Chinua Achebe
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 1994
$13.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-47455-9 (0-385-47455-5)

A classic story of moral struggle in an age of turbulent social change and the final book in Chinua Achebe’s The African Trilogy

When Obi Okonkwo—grandson of Okonkwo, the main character in Things Fall Apart—returns to Nigeria from England in the 1950s, his foreign education separates him from his African roots. He has... Read more






Petals of Blood
Written by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Series edited by Chinua Achebe, Introduction by Moses Isegawa
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | February 2005
$16.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-303917-4 (0-14-303917-2)

“The definitive African book of the twentieth century (Moses Isegawa, from the Introduction) by the Nobel Prize–nominated Kenyan writer

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, Petals of Blood is on the... Read more






The River Between
Written by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Series edited by Chinua Achebe, Introduction by Uzodinma Iweala
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 2015
$15.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310749-1 (0-14-310749-6)

A 50th-anniversary edition of one of the most powerful novels by the great Kenyan author and Nobel Prize nominee

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. The River Between explores life in the... Read more






There Was a Country
Written by Chinua Achebe
Penguin Books | Trade Paperback | September 2013
$17.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-312403-0 (0-14-312403-X)

From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart—a long-awaited memoir of coming of age in a fragile new nation, and its destruction in a tragic civil war

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... Read more






There Was a Country
Written by Chinua Achebe
Penguin Press | Hardcover | October 2012
$27.95/29.50(Canada) | 978-1-59420-482-1 (1-59420-482-9)

From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart comes a longawaited memoir about coming of age with a fragile new nation, then watching it torn asunder in a tragic civil war

The defining experience of Chinua Achebe’s life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967–1970. The... Read more






Things Fall Apart
Written by Chinua Achebe, Introduction by Kwame Anthony Appiah
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | October 1995
$19.95/23.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-44623-1 (0-679-44623-0)

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 of these stories traces Okonkwo's fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty... Read more






Things Fall Apart
Written by Chinua Achebe
Anchor | Trade Paperback | September 1994
$12.00/0.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-47454-2 (0-385-47454-7)

Things Fall Apart—the first volume of Chinua Achebe’s masterpiece The African Trilogy—tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Igbo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace in his world. The...

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Weep Not, Child
Written by Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Series edited by Chinua Achebe, Introduction by Ben Okri
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | June 2012
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-310669-2 (0-14-310669-4)

The Nobel Prize–nominated Kenyan writer’s powerful first novel

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... Read more





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