"There is no story that is not true, [...] The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others": First Edition of Things Fall Apart; Signed by Chinua Achebe
Things Fall Apart.
Item Number: 3111
New York: McDowell, Obolensky, 1959.
First American edition of this “true classic of world literature . . . A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world” (Barack Obama). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Chinua Achebe on the title page. Fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket.
Things Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe's critically acclaimed African Trilogy. It is a classic narrative about Africa's cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man's futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political andreligious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order. With more than 20 million copies sold and translated into fifty-seven languages, Things Fall Apart provides one of the most illuminating and permanent monuments to African experience. Achebe does not only capture life in a pre-colonial African village, he conveys the tragedy of the loss of that world while broadening our understanding of our contemporary realities. "Things Fall Apart may well be Africa's best loved novel... It would be impossible to say how much it influenced African writing. It would be like asking how Shakespeare influenced English writers or Pushkin influenced Russians. Achebe didn't only play the game, he invented it" (Kwame Anthony Appiah).