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100 graphic designers from 28 countries teamed up to redesign the covers of 100 classic novels of all time. Of the hundred novels featured, two are African: Achebe’s  Things Fall Apart and Waiting for the barbarian written by South Africa’s J. M. Coetzee.

The organizers say the cover redesign were made with “contemporary trends in design and illustration” in mind. View the complete online gallery is HERE.

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Artist, Stephen Krohn writes:

I remember “Things Fall Apart” back from my university days. We had great class conversations about this masterpiece. Chinua Achebe recreated a world where I could totally immerse myself. His world possesses beauty and culture, yet he also shows the realities of living in Nigeria during the colonial period. It is the type of book that made me want to go out into the world, not just to travel, but to live in a world that offers new perspectives. The title “Things Fall Apart” is so beautifully literal. I felt I needed to be faithful to its title without being cliché.

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Artist,  Sarah Wouters writes:

“‘Barbarians are a silly thing if you think about it, and yet still today they represent the anxiety we all have when confronted with the unknown (here they come!!!). I wanted simply to illustrate how ridiculous those stereotypes are and make fun of what isn’t really scary at all.

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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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