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Read Prof. Kwame Anthony Appiah’s Foreword to the New Edition of Achebe’s Trilogy

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So much has been said about how Chinua Achebe’s first three novels—Things Fall Apart (1958), No Longer at Ease (1960) and Arrow of God (1964)—constitute a trilogy charting the response of three generations of the Igbo society to colonialism. Okonkwo’s story in the first novel is set in the 1890s, at the beginning of colonial […]

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Chinua Achebe and the Risky Business of Being an Ancestor

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Both Nadine Gordimer and Simon Gikandi have said that the publication of Things Fall Apart marks the invention of the African novel. True, there had been novels in Africa long before Chinua Achebe came on the scene. But the publication of Things Fall Apart is the event that inaugurated the African novel as a global literary project.  It […]

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Somaliland Set for The 2015 Hargeysa International Book Festival

It is all about books starting this weekened at Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland. The city hosts its 8th International book fair from Saturday August 1 to 6, 2015 and will be welcoming delegates from around the world. The Hargeysa International Book Fair is an opportunity to explore writing from and about this East African […]

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Africa’s Mad and Most Loved Emperor | Chaka by Thomas Mofolo | A Book Review

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If you’re reading this, you are about to join me on a trip to an early moment in African literary history. Thomas Mofolo‘s Chaka is a novel languishing in the dark, airless pit of the African literary archive. Join me as we dig it up, give it a good dusting, and see whether it’s cool […]

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A Character in Achebe’s Novel I’d Love to Meet and Why

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I’ve always been uneasy about Unoka’s death. Unoka is the father of Okonkwo, the principal character in Achebe’s 1958 classic, Things Fall Apart. He is thought to be a lazy man because he loved making music instead of farming yams. He falls ill with a wasting disease. One day, he is taken out of his […]

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Paper Death: How To Kill A Character The Achebe Way

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It may have been in 1980 that the American novelist, John Updike, wrote a letter to Chinua Achebe. Updike had just finished reading The Arrow of God and had a few things to say about it. He said in the letter: The final developments of Arrow of God proved unexpected and, as I think about them, […]

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Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Fan-Fiction Erotica | Thighs Fell Apart by Kiru Taye | Brittle Paper Exclusive

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A few day ago, I made everyone who read {THIS} think about what Okonkwo was like in bed. Since I didn’t want to leave anyone in the unfulfilling world of fantasy, I asked Kiru Taye, Nigeria’s queen of erotica, to take you into Okonkwo’s bedroom so you can see for yourself. If you are a […]

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African Fictional Characters In Bed — Okonkwo Is Less Talk, More Action

Okonkwo, a late 19th century African man, lived in a village supposedly untouched by European modernity. He represents the fantasy of an African masculinity, pure and untainted by European ideals of the male body. When he first appeared in 1959 with the publication of Chinua Achebe’s debut novel Things Fall Apart, readers and literary scholars […]

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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.

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Chimamanda Adichie at City of Columbia’s Books In Bloom Festival | By Arao Ameny

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The city of Columbia, Maryland—a city located midway between Washington D.C. and Baltimore—hosted its first literary festival ‘Books in Bloom’ […]

Leila Aboulela Headlines 2017 Kaduna Book and Arts Festival

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Hold on, Ake Festival. KABAFEST is here! Yes, we are delighted to announce the inaugural edition of the Kaduna Book […]