Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian author often called the father of modern African literature, has passed away in Boston. He was 82.
Achebe, whose novel Things Fall Apart was published in 50 languages and was sold widely all over the world, was considered one of the most influential writers from Africa of any generation. Achebe also wrote poems and essays, and was a professor at Brown University at the time of his death.
Achebe’s 1975 literary critique of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is also recognized as a powerful assertion of the Euro-centric approach to Africa in that novel.
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