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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

Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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

  1. Jhon May 23, 2017 at 4:42 am #

    Same concept like mayinka’s “In Dependence”.

  2. ezicat June 23, 2017 at 8:59 pm #

    Looks like nsibidi symbols

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