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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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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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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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