Chinua Achebe (1930–2013)

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Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria. He studied English, history and theology at University College in Ibadan from 1948 to 1953. After receiving a second-class degree, he taught for a while before joining the Nigeria Broadcasting Service in 1954. He was mehr anzeigen working as a broadcaster when he wrote his first two novels, and then quit working to devote himself to writing full time. Unfortunately his literary career was cut short by the Nigerian Civil War. During this time he supported the ill-fated Biafrian cause and served abroad as a diplomat. He and his family narrowly escaped assassination. After the civil war, he abandoned fiction for a period in favor of essays, short stories, and poetry. His works include Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease, A Man of the People, Anthills of the Savannah, and There Was a Country. He also wrote four children's books including Chike and the River and How the Leopard Got His Claws. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize for his "overall contribution to fiction on the world stage." He also worked as a professor of literature in Nigeria and the United States. He died following a brief illness on March 21, 2013 at the age of 82. (Bowker Author Biography) weniger anzeigen
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Werke von Chinua Achebe

Okonkwo oder Das Alte stürzt (1958) 20,640 Exemplare
Heimkehr in ein fremdes Land (1960) 1,516 Exemplare
Der Pfeil Gottes (1964) 1,282 Exemplare
Termitenhügel in der Savanne. (1987) 1,119 Exemplare
A Man of the People (1966) 861 Exemplare
Afrikanische Trilogie (1988) 445 Exemplare
Girls at War (1972) 280 Exemplare
Home and Exile (2001) 217 Exemplare
African Short Stories (1985) — Herausgeber; Mitwirkender — 147 Exemplare
Chike and the River (1966) 143 Exemplare
Africas Tarnished Name (2018) 128 Exemplare
Collected Poems (1969) 97 Exemplare
How the Leopard Got His Claws (1972) 83 Exemplare
The Trouble with Nigeria (1984) 63 Exemplare
Heinemann Book of Contemporary African Short Stories (1992) — Herausgeber — 57 Exemplare
Beware Soul Brother (1971) 50 Exemplare
OCR GCSE Story Collection (2002) 21 Exemplare
The Drum (1977) 13 Exemplare
The Flute: A Children's Story (1977) 8 Exemplare
Dead Men's Path 4 Exemplare
Už nikdy klid 2 Exemplare
Civil Peace 2 Exemplare
The world of the Ogbanje (1986) 2 Exemplare
Human Mine Sweeper 1 Exemplar
Things fall apart 1 Exemplar

Zugehörige Werke

The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction (1983) — Mitwirkender — 1,132 Exemplare
Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles (2008) — Vorwort — 358 Exemplare
Telling Tales (2004) — Mitwirkender — 345 Exemplare
The Art of the Tale: An International Anthology of Short Stories (1986) — Mitwirkender — 339 Exemplare
The World's Greatest Short Stories (2006) — Mitwirkender — 271 Exemplare
Under African Skies: Modern African Stories (1997) — Mitwirkender — 92 Exemplare
Rotten English: A Literary Anthology (2007) — Mitwirkender — 75 Exemplare
The Anchor Book of Modern African Stories (2002) — Vorwort — 52 Exemplare
One World of Literature (1992) — Mitwirkender — 24 Exemplare
African Literature: an anthology of criticism and theory (2007) — Mitwirkender — 23 Exemplare
Currents in Fiction (1974) — Mitwirkender — 20 Exemplare
AQA Anthology (2002) — Autor, einige Ausgaben19 Exemplare
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Mitwirkender — 18 Exemplare
An African Quilt: 24 Modern African Stories (2012) — Mitwirkender — 17 Exemplare
African Rhapsody: Short Stories of the Contemporary African Experience (1994) — Vorwort, einige Ausgaben16 Exemplare
Masters of British Literature, Volume B (2007) — Mitwirkender — 16 Exemplare



Rechtmäßiger Name
Achebe, Albert Chinụalụmọgụ
Ogidi, Anambra State, Nigeria
Land (für Karte)
Ogidi, Anambra State, Nigeria Protectorate
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Ogidi, Nigeria
University College, Ibadan, Nigeria
University of London
short-story writer
school teacher
Okigbo, Christopher (friend)
Anambra State University of Technology
Bard College
Brown University
Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation
Preise und Auszeichnungen
Friedenspreis des deutschen Buchhandels (2002)
Man Booker International Prize (2007)
Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. He was raised in the large village of Ogidi, one of the first centers of Anglican missionary work in Eastern Nigeria, and was a graduate of University College, Ibadan.

His early career in radio ended abruptly in 1966, when he left his post as Director of External Broadcasting in Nigeria during the national upheaval that led to the Biafran War. He was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and began lecturing widely abroad.

From 1972 to 1976, and again in 1987 to 1988, Mr. Achebe was Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and also for one year at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Cited in the London Sunday Times as one of the "1,000 Makers of the Twentieth Century" for defining "a modern African literature that was truly African" and thereby making "a major contribution to world literature," Chinua Achebe published novels, short stories, essays and children's books. [adapted from Things Fall Apart, c1959, 1994 printing Anchor Books Ed.]

Mr. Achebe received numerous honors from around the world including more than twenty honorary doctorates from universities in England, Scotland, the United States, Canada, and Nigeria.

Latterly Mr. Achebe lived with his wife in Annandale, New York, where they both taught at Bard College. They had four children.



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"Alles zerfällt" ist ein berühmter Roman des nigerianischen Schriftstellers Chinu Achebe von 1958. Das Buch beschreibt zunächst meisterhaft das Zusammenleben in einer nigerianischen Dorfgemeinschaft vor der Ankunft der weißen Kolonialherren. Die Hauptfigur ist Okonkwo, ein jähzorniger und strenger Mann, der durch eigene Kraft seinen Wohlstand aufgebaut hat. Es geht um seine drei Frauen, seine Kinder, seinen "Ziehsohn" Ikemefuna, der als Geisel in sein Haus kommt. Das Buch ist ja nicht allzu dick, aber durch die meisterfhafte Schreibweise stehen einem die Personen und ihr Leben sehr gut vor Augen. Das Buch endet, als die weißen Kolonialherren kommen und sich Okonkwo wehrt.
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Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. Anchor Books, New York, 1994.
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