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Things Fall Apart will be 60 next year. And Penguin USA is pulling all the stops to put together a commemoration worthy of such a great book.

They commissioned a new cover design for the book. It was recently shared on Twitter, sending Things Fall Apart fans to a frenzy.

The cover is beautiful. We definitely approve. And as Chris Ogunlowo points out in his Instagram post, the image does recall the brilliant use of negative space popularized by Edgar Rubin’s in his iconic figure-ground image. Stare at the image long enough, and it will morph into a goblet. Cool, right?

The artist behind the stunning cover art is Victor Ekpuk. He is a Nigerian artist based in Washington, DC and is known for channeling Nsibidi philosophy in his art work.

Kudos to Penguin for bankrolling a redesign that conveys the world-historical significance of Achebe’s work. Much love to Ekpuk for doing such a wonderful job.

 

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post image via mortonfineart

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

2 Responses to “The New Things Fall Apart Cover is the Best Thing You’ll See Today” Subscribe

  1. Jhon 2017/05/23 at 04:42 #

    Same concept like mayinka’s “In Dependence”.

  2. ezicat 2017/06/23 at 20:59 #

    Looks like nsibidi symbols

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