Day 45: Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe

The title of the book by Chinua Achebe comes from a poem by William Butler Yeats and it tells an African story from an African perspective. Achebe made it very clear, more than just once, that his novel was partly a rebuke to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, a book that reduced “Africa to the role of props for the break-up of one petty European mind,” as he argued in a famous essay, “An Image of Africa.” Conrad was “undoubtedly one of the great stylists of modern fiction and a good storyteller into the bargain,” Achebe wrote, but he was also, Achebe said, “a thoroughgoing racist.”

Source: Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart was written by Chinua Achebe. It was published in 1958.

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