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Hopes & Impediments: Selected Essays by Chinua Achebe. New York. 1989. Doubleday. 188 pages. Jacket illustration by Sally Sturman. 0385247303. October 1989.

 

A thought-provoking collection of essays from the Nigerian author of THINGS FALL APART. His essay on Joseph Conrad is especially brilliant.

 

0385247303FROM THE PUBLISHER -

   One of the most provocative and original voices in contemporary literature, Chinua Achebe commands widespread critical acclaim. His novels, including the recently published ANTHILLS OF THE SAVANAH, are considered modern classics. HOPES AND IMPEDIMENTS draws on the best critical writings of this powerful writer over the past twenty-five years, offering a new perspective on the human condition. These essays range from an analysis of Joseph Conrad that has infuriated many an English professor, to a moving tribute to James Baldwin. There are reflections on broad topics such as 'The Truth of Fiction,' 'Thoughts on the African Novel,' 'Impediments to Dialogue Between North and South,' and on the present needs of his own society. Throughout these provocative works run the central themes of literature and art against the background of Europe and Africa and the black-white divide. Mr. Achebe brings to bear his unique creative energies in exposing the monster of racist habit. 'Gloriously gifted with the magic of an ebullient, generous, great talent.' - Nadine Gordimer.

 

Achebe ChinuaChinua Achebe (born Albert Chinụalụmọgụ Achebe, 16 November 1930 – 21 March 2013) was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. His first novel Things Fall Apart (1958), often considered his masterpiece, is the most widely read book in modern African literature. Chinua Achebe published THINGS FALL APART in 1958. It was followed by NO LONGER AT EASE (AWS 3) and ARROW OF GOD (AWS 16). A MAN OF THE PEOPLE (AWS 31) aroused widespread interest on publication at the time of the January 1966 coup because of its prophetic ending. The effects of his novels, and of his editorship of the African Writers Series has had a dramatic impact on the development of the literature of Africa. Some of the stories in GIRLS AT WAR (AWS 100) and some of the poems in BEWARE SOUL BROTHER (AWS 120) are set in the war. His essays were published in 1975 under the title MORNING YET ON CREATION DAY (Heinemann). He was educated at Government College, Umuahia and University College, Ibadan. By the time he left the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation in 1966 he had become Director of External Broadcasting. Since the war he has been at the Universities of Nigeria, Massachusetts and Connecticut. He has now returned to Nsukka. Among many recent honours has been the award of a Fellowship of the Modern Languages Association of America and of Doctorates at the Universities of Stirling and Southampton. He has recently followed Heinrich Boll, the Nobel prizewinner, as the recipient of the Scottish Arts Council's Neil Gunn Fellowship. Chinua Achebe is best known as a novelist. But the years of the Nigerian crisis and the civil war were not, for both practical and psychological reasons, a time for work on full-length novels. He found poetry a means of expressing his distress, even though few of the poems speak directly of the war. He has added some new poems to this collection which has already been published in Nigeria. 

 

 

 

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