World to celebrate Things Fall Apart at 60


Lovers of African literature, especially fans of legendary writer, Prof. Chinua Achebe, are gearing up for the 60th anniversary of his classical novel, Things Fall Apart.

Chinua Achebe is a writer whose name is familiar across world. In fact, many in some parts of the world came to know about Nigeria after coming across the works of Achebe. His works laid the foundation that gave African literature a direction. Some writers and critics consider ‘Things Fall Apart’ as the most outstanding work by Achebe. But Achebe himself rather considered ‘Arrow of God’ as his favourite. Even fierce ‘orientalists’ acknowledged the pioneering role of ‘Things Fall Apart.’ In a more severe criticism V.S Naipaul was quoted as saying something like, ‘Things Fall Apart’ was the only book Chinua Achebe wrote. Naipaul was implying that in his own view, all the works of Achebe that followed ‘Things Fall Apart’ have no worthy artistic qualities.

Ten years ago, many literary folk celebrated the book when it clocked 50, at a time the legend was still alive. But because the life of a good work of art is longer than that of his creator, the book is still generating fervour across the world.

With over 20 million copies said to have been sold, while the publication has been translated into over 50 languages, it remains Africa’s best selling novel and an acclaimed piece anywhere.

A statement from the Christie and Chinua Achebe Foundation indicates that there will be events in Nigeria, South Africa, Europe, America and Australia, among other places. The one in Nigeria is being organised by the Association of Nigerian Authors in conjunction with writer and physician Dr  Wale Okediran.


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