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Home And Exile

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Chinua Achebe is Africa's most prominent writer. His fiction and poetry burn with a passionate commitment to political justice, bringing to life not only Africa's troubled encounters with Europe but also the dark side of contemporary African political life. Now, in "Home and Exile", Achebe reveals the man behind his powerful work. This work is an extended exploration of the European impact on African culture, viewed through the most vivid experience available to the author - his own life. It is an extended snapshot of a major writer's childhood, illuminating his roots as an artist. Achebe discusses his English education and the relationship between colonial writers and the European literary tradition. He argues that if colonial writers try to imitate and, indeed, go one better than the Empire, they run the danger of undervaluing their homeland and their own people. Achebe contends that to redress the inequities of global oppression, writers must focus on where they come from, insisting that their value systems are as legitimate as any other. Stories are a real source of power in the world, he concludes, and to imitate the literature of another culture is to give that power away.

Product code: 9781841953854

ISBN 9781841953854
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW128xS8
Edition Main
No. Of Pages 128
Publisher Canongate Books Ltd
This autobiographical work by Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian novelist and poet, is an exploration of the European impact on African culture, viewed through his own life. It is an extended snapshot of a major writer's childhood and early adulthood, illuminating his roots as an artist.