Renowned Nigerian novelist of ‘Things Fall Apart‘ fame Chinua Achebe has put together recollections of personal experiences had during the era of Biafra in a new memoir.
The much anticipated book, ‘There was a Country‘, recounts the fateful events of the Nigeria-Biafra war (July 6, 1967 – January 1970) and is published by Penguin Books with a slated September 2012 release.
In its synopsis, publisher Penguin declared that ‘it will stand as definitive and reinforce Achebe’s place as one of the most vital literary and moral voices of our age.’
Dr Ngozi Achebe, a niece of the novelist, hinted that ‘this book, There was a Country, is of course one of the most anticipated books of our times and will hopefully shed more light on the events surrounding the most important period in the history of Nigeria, even of Africa and the world at large‘.
Professor Achebe is considered among the most significant writers in the world. His novel Things Fall Apart published in 1958 is a required secondary and high school text over the world.
He made international headlines when in November 2011 he rejected for the second time the Nigerian government’s attempts to bestow upon him a national honour the Commander of the Federal Republic, stating that it was ‘inappropriate’.