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By D. Carroll

It is a revised variation of Chinua Achebe (1980), a severe learn of the main well known African author, which now includes a dialogue of his latest paintings, together with his significant new novel, Anthills of the Savannah. The examine examines the context within which he writes - that complicated intermingling of his personal Igbo society and eu colonialism - earlier than venture a severe dialogue of the 5 major novels, his poetry and brief tales. all through, there's an underlying problem with Achebe's process of values and the strain on them via sessions of colonialism, independence, political disillusionment and civil struggle. the writer, eventually, seeks to narrate Achebe's profession to the function of the African author, an issue on which the novelist has written at size.

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He acknowledged in a lecture 18 in the same year that a writer should also be involved with contemporary issues but this fundamental theme should be dealt with first. 'After all the novelist's duty is not to beat this morning's headline in topicality, it is to explore in depth the human condition. ' By leading his own people back into their past the writer can show them that their societies 'frequently had a philosophy of great depth and value and beauty, that they had poetry and, above all, they had dignity'.

They do not add up to any kind of political programme, 'no rational answer'. Rather, they seek to attack false assumptions, unrealistic hopes, blatant prejudices, in order to replace them by the state of mind embodied in the party's leader: idealistic, democratic, non-materialistic, and open. Achebe concludes with a significant and highly characteristic comment: 'When the late Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa made the crack that if Aminu Kano were to become Prime Minister of Nigeria he would one day carry a placard and join a protest march against himself, he was paying a most profound and befitting tribute to a saint and revolutionary'.

External forces are already approaching to threaten the precarious balance even now disturbed by Okonkwo's rectitude. Then the unresolved contradictions in Umuofia will be used in its downfall. There is already a hint of this in Nwoye's reaction to the death of his friend. Obscurely he sees that cruelty is a recurrent feature of life in Umuofia: As soon as his father walked in, that night, Nwoye knew that Ikemefuna had been killed, and something seemed to give way inside him, like the snapping of a tightened bow.

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