[Marxism] Fwd: Art of Darkness: Chinua Achebe and Maleficent Fictions

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Apr 22 08:29:45 MDT 2015


As often happens following the departure of high profile writers, the 
occasion of the celebrated Nigerian author Chinua Achebe’s death in 
early 2013 provided the book-reading world with the reminder to review 
his work.He was hardly prolific- five novels, a handful of short stories 
and a few slim volumes of essays were all that he produced in some fifty 
years after his first publication- but the quality of his work generally 
excused his lack of productivity. He had the mark of any great writer- 
you would read his work, marvel at his effortlessly brilliant turn of 
phrase, turn to whatever guff you were working on yourself and consider 
packing it in for good. Reading his intelligent prose alone was enough 
to snuff out several myths of African incapability right away.

full: http://www.thenorthstar.info/?p=12255



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