Books by Chinua Achebe

THERE WAS A COUNTRY by Chinua Achebe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2012

"A powerful memoir/document of a terrible conflict and its toll on the people who endured it."
The eminent Nigerian author recounts his coming-of-age during the now scarcely remembered civil war of 1967–1970 that sundered his country. Read full book review >
HOW THE LEOPARD GOT HIS CLAWS by John Iroaganachi
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"Whether read as a fable with African roots or as an allegory, this is a handsome treatment of a memorable tale. (Picture book. 7-14)"
When the dog's coup deposed King Leopard, the former ruler of the animal world exiled himself, returning with claws and sharp teeth of his own to govern by terror instead of with his previous gentle kindness. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF A BRITISH-PROTECTED CHILD by Chinua Achebe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2009

"Humane and carefully argued responses to events of recent years, coupled with a long look back at the African past."
Deftly connected autobiographical essays by renowned Nigerian author Achebe (Languages and Literature/Bard Coll.; Anthills of the Savannah, 1987, etc.). Read full book review >
HOME AND EXILE by Chinua Achebe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"A welcome book for Achebe's many admirers, as well as for all students of contemporary African cultures."
Bookish lectures in which the Nigerian Nobel Prize–winning novelist reflects on his life and work. Read full book review >
THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe
Released: Jan. 23, 1958

"This book sings with the terrible silence of dead civilizations in which once there was valor."
Written with quiet dignity that builds to a climax of tragic force, this book about the dissolution of an African tribe, its traditions, and values, represents a welcome departure from the familiar "Me, white brother" genre. Read full book review >