Remembering a Legend: Chinua Achebe


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Remembering a Legend: Chinua Achebe recaptures for the literary world the inimitable legacies of Chinua Achebe (1930-2013), Africa�s leading novelist and literary philosopher of the 20th century. It addresses the questions of Achebe�s role in establishing the African art of the novel, his theories and standards for the criticism of African writing. The volume articulates unequivocally how Achebe provided the message and pioneered a confident voice to African writers to express the message with audacity; repudiate without equivocation, any form of distortions of African past and present realities. The essays remind the reader how Achebe brought to the field of world literature new perspectives and vitality that distinguished the African art of storytelling from imaginative creativities elsewhere. This volume presents Achebe�s articulation of the traditional and modern in African narrative techniques�linking the skills of the traditional artist (oral performer) to those of the modern writer; how the modern African creative artist can embellish his/her art with oral resources such as folktales, proverbs, sayings, festivals, songs, riddles, and myths. Chinua Achebe�s unique distinctions as a novelist lie in the areas of informed vision and artistic integrity. His greatest legacy to 20th century world literature probably is his pioneer role in the �nativization� and ingenious use of the English language. The exceptional genius of Achebe touched many traditional and cultural bases in his fiction, essays, and memoirs. The critical responses to Achebe�s works in this book, address adequately almost every aspect of his creative imagination and craftsmanship. The reader will find in this convenient volume several seminal studies by two eminent scholars of Achebe�s intriguing genius that authenticate him as among the best literary craftsmen of the 20th century and undeniably Africa�s best.



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Published 01 December 2014
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Chinua Achebe
Réééî à Léé:
Chinua Achebe
SuDiéŝ By Eréŝ N. EMéyOu & Chàréŝ E. NOiM 2014
african heritage press new york lagos london 2014
african heritage press
First Edition, African Heritage Press, 2014
Copyright © Ernest N. Emenyonu & Charles E. Nnolim, 2014
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or trans-mitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library of Congress catalog number: 2014952509
Cover Artist: Salem Djebili
ISBN: 978-1-940729-12-1
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—Ernest N. Emenyonu.
Table o Contents
Introduction —EMENYONU
Chinua Achebe: The Passing of a Comet —EMENYONU
Chinua Achebe: A re-assessment —NNOLIM
Achebe’sThings Fall Apart:An Igbo National Epic —NNOLIM
Things Fall Apart(1958) at 50: Chinua Achebe’s ‘Mustard Seed’ —EMENYONU The Colonial Encounter in the African Novel: Chinua Achebe’sThings Fall Apart —EMENYONU Characterization and Social Vision in Achebe’s Things Fall ApartandNo Longer at Ease: a study of the Iconoclast and the Stigmatized ‘other—EMENYONU Characterization in the Nigerian Novel: Ezeulu inGodArrow of —EMENYONU<MKPVQY]M IVL 5MIVQVO QV )KPMJM¼[Arrow of God—NNOLIM The Form and Function of Folk Tradition in Achebe’s Novels —NNOLIM
The Socialist Vision in the Nigerian Novel: Chinua Achebe’sthe SavannahThe Anthills of and Festus Iyayi’sHeroes —EMENYONU
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Chinua Achebe and the Problematics of Writing in Indigenous Nigerian Languages: <W_IZL[ \PM :M[WT]\QWV WN \PM 1OJW 4IVO]IOM 8ZMLQKIUMV\ —EMENYONU
Achebe: Accountable to Our Society—An Interview —EMENYONU
Dimensions of
Productivity in the Poetry of
Chinua Achebe —IKEOGUOKE
There Was A Country:Chinua Achebe’sExit Testimonyto Nigeria—EMENYONU
Réééî à Léé:
Chinua Achebe