Winner of the Man Booker International Prize
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 the individual society. The second story, which is as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world through the arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries.
These twin dramas are perfectly harmonized and they are modulated by an awareness capable of encompassing the life of nature, history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul. Things Fall Apart is the most illuminating and permanent monument we have to the modern African experience as seen from within.
"Mr. Achebe is a novelist who makes you laugh—and then catch your breath in horror. . . . Achebe is gloriously gifted with the magic of an ebullient, generous, great talent." —Nadine Gordimer, The New York Times Book Review
WINNER 2007 - Man Booker International Prize
Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. He was raised in the village of Ogidi, one of the first centers of Anglican missionary work in Eastern Nigeria, and is a graduate of University College, Ibadan. Cited in the London Sunday Times as one of the “1,000 Makers of the Twentieth Century” for defining “a modern African literature that was truly African" and thereby making "a major contribution to world literature,” he has published novels, short stories, essays, and children’s books. His volume of poetry Christmas in Biafra was the joint winner of the first Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Of his novels, Arrow of God won the New Statesman-Jock Campbell Award, and Anthills of the Savannah was a finalist for the 1987 Booker Prize. Chinua Achebe lives with his wife in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where they both teach at Bard College. They have four children.