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There Was a Country
  • Published: 24 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9780141973678
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
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There Was a Country

A Personal History of Biafra



From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart comes this long-awaited memoir recalling Achebe's personal experiences of and reflections on one of his country's most tragic civil wars

The defining experience of Chinua Achebe's life was the Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War of 1967-1970. The war was infamous around the world for its savage impact on the Biafran people, who were blockaded by the Nigerian government and starved to death. As a roving cultural ambassador for his government, Achebe absorbed the war's full horror from this unique vantage. Immediately after the war, Achebe took refuge in an academic post in the United States, and for over forty years he maintained a considered silence on the events of those terrible years, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. After years in the making Achebe presented a towering reckoning with one of modern Africa's most fateful experiences.

  • Published: 24 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9780141973678
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 352
Categories:

About the author

Chinua Achebe

Born in 1930, Nigerian novelist and poet Chinua Achebe is probably black Africa's most widely read novelist. His first work, Things Fall Apart, is regarded as a classic of world literature and has been translated into 40 languages.

Introducer Biography:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria and now lives in the United States. She is the author of Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sunand The Thing Around Your Neck.

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