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 are marked by a subtle richness of language, which blends simplicity and eloquence, fierceness and tenderness, and a careful attention to the minute--a facial expression, a wrinkled hand, a sunbeam--as a means of expanding on the more perplexing aspects of life--death, suffering, life's strange inconsistencies and paradoxes. This collection celebrates Africa's foremost novelist as an equally skilled and accomplished poet.
“A magical writer—one of the greatest of the twentieth century.” —Margaret Atwood
“The father of African literature in the English language and undoubtedly one of the most important writers of the second half of the 20th century.” —Caryl Phillips, The Observer
“In English-speaking countries he is easily the most famous literary voice out of decolonized Africa.” —The New York Times
“Chinua Achebe is gloriously gifted with the magic of an ebullient, generous, great talent.” —Nadine Gordimer
WINNER - New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age
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.