Book Preview: There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra

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There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra by Chinua Achebe, Author

There has been a lot of talk about this book, but enough can never be said. Described as perhaps the most anticipated African book of our times, There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra is a war memoir by Chinua Achebe, Nigeria’s renowned literature stalwart and author of Things Fall Apart.

There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra is expected to provide important history of the three year-Nigerian Civil War (1967-70) filtered through the perceptions of the great writer, as well as reveal intimate aspects of Achebe’s private and public life, such as his motivations for some of his novels like Things Fall Apart and No Longer at Ease.

The 256-paged book is set for publication on the September 6, 2012 by penguin: Allen Lane.

Book Description:

The defining experience of Chinua Achebe’s life was the Nigerian Civil War, also known as the Biafran War of 1967-1970. The war was infamous around the world for its savage impact on the Biafran people, who were blockaded by the Nigerian government and starved to death. As a roving cultural ambassador for his government, Achebe absorbed the war’s full horror from this unique vantage. Immediately after the war, Achebe took refuge in an academic post in the United States, and for over forty years he has maintained a considered silence on the events of those terrible years, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. Now, years in the making, at last comes a towering reckoning from Achebe with one of modern Africa’s most fateful experiences.


ISBN: 9781846145766
Size : 135 x 216mm
Pages : 256
Published : 06 Sep 2012
Publisher : Penguin: Allen Lane

Format: There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra will be published as Hardback, Paperback and ePub eBook

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