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Editorial Reviews. From Bookforum. Achebe's story is broken into four parts that cover, roughly, the personal and political arc of his life story. [He] is addressing. From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart comes this long-awaited memoir recalling Chinua Achebe's personal experiences of and reflections on the. Chinua Achebe is undoubtedly one of Nigeria's, and Africa's, best known and most celebrated authors. Nigeria, Africa's most popu- lous country and arguably.
The writers Arthur Nwankwo and Samuel Ifejika also contributed an important book during the war, and later in the re-united Nigeria, as taboos associated with dredging up the past began to relax, a plethora of books authored by former stalwarts of the Biafran military machinery created an industry of memoirs.
Younger generations of Nigerian writers such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie have used the war as a backdrop to their work.
Achebe for his part although far from reticent about the ills which continue to plague Nigeria confined expressions of his war time experiences to poetry writings; twelve of which are interspersed at intervals in this his long awaited memoir of his wartime experiences.
The war of course remains a sensitive issue in Nigeria for a great many reasons; the narrative remains a contested one, but in the minds and the hearts of many Igbos who have for long claimed to be marginalised from the centres of power and influence, it signified more than physical and material defeat: It was a wholesale destruction of the spirit; of the post-Independence-era [Type text] zeitgeist of optimism and aspiration in a society still operating with some semblance of meritocratic values.
Defeat represented the extirpation of all that they considered to be morally right and just. This led to tensions and their subsequent removal from positions of leadership by forcible means which included a strategy of ethnic cleansing.
For Achebe, the importance of the civil war had profound consequences which went further than the territorial borders of Nigeria.
The dramatis personae of the era, their backgrounds their motivations and his critique of their respective roles at this most critical of periods are laid out: The rival colonels Yakubu Gowon and Odumegwu-Ojukwu; the leader of the Yorubas, Obafemi Awolowo, as well as key military and political figures on the Nigerian and the Biafran sides.
Achebe also considers the role of the wider world in a conflict which in his view was influenced foremost by the necessities of realpolitik and not by the objective application of moral standards.
It is almost as if the record needed to be set straight, so to speak. You understand why as you read along: Achebe was very influential within the Biafran world, even acting as envoy to Sweden, Canada, Finland, and many other countries. He worked with literary activists like Norman Mailer to help spread the word about the Biafran cause.
He knew details that most didn't. Even after so many years, you sense the duty he felt as he wrote, for it comes across in the structure of the book. It is less about his personal experiences--which frankly, you almost want to beg for more of--and more of a general experience. It is a heart-wrenching story, one that has gained so little publicity, so you applaud this effort by a literary great in placing a historical account on record.
Here is a postcolonial literary world that you don't see mentioned as often: Flora Nwapa, the first Nigerian female author to be published; Christopher Okigbo, the poet, publisher and Achebe's business partner who would be killed during the war; the American Civil Rights activists and American fiction writers who helped the cause; European writers, and more. Achebe introduced this world and it was endearing--writers gathered around the world, appealing to presidents and diplomats to help war victims.
Moving portrait. So why the controversy?
After years in the making There Was A Country presents his towering reckoning with one of modern Africa's most fateful experiences, both as he lived it and came to understand it.
Marrying history and memoir, with the author's poetry woven throughout, There Was a Country is a distillation of vivid observation and considered research and reflection.
It relates Nigeria's birth pangs in the context of Achebe's own development as a man and a writer, and examines the role of the artist in times of war.
We have in There Was a Country an elegy from a master storyteller who has witnessed the undulating fortunes of a nation' Noo Saro-Wiwa, Guardian 'Chinua Achebe's history of Biafra is a meditation on the condition of freedom. It has the tense narrative grip of the best fiction. It is also a revelatory entry into the intimate character of the writer's brilliant mind and bold spirit. Achebe has created here a new genre of literature' Nadine Gordimer 'Part-history, part-memoir, [Achebe's] moving account of the war is laced with anger, but there is also an abiding tone of regret for what Nigeria might have been without conflict and mismanagement' Sunday Times About the author: Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in He published novels, short stories, essays, and children's books.
His volume of poetry, Christmas in Biafra , was the joint winner of the first Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Things Fall Apart , Achebe's masterpiece, has been published in fifty different languages and has sold more than ten million copies.