Friday, March 31, 2017

Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart’ Repackaged And Reissued By Penguin Books

A repackaged edition of  Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart republished by the publishing giant, Penguin Books, will soon be released as part of activities marking the sixtieth anniversary of the classic novel next year (2018). Penguin Books has equally obtained the rights to republish all of the famous author’s work.

Things Fall Apart, Achebe’s first novel, published in 1958, now exists in 57 translations, reports say. It has equally sold 20 million copies.

The repackaged edition comes with a new cover art work produced by the “distinguished Nigerian artist, Victor Ekpuk" and author photograph by  Don Hamerman. 

Chinua Achebe who died on March 21, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 82, was widely regarded as the father of modern African literature and remains, in the opinion of many scholars, critics and readers, the best known and most widely read writer to come out of Africa.

On the back cover of the new Penguin edition, the distinguished Ghanaian philosopher and writer, Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah, is quoted as saying:  “Things Fall Apart may well be Africa’s best-loved novel. For so many readers around the world, it is Chinua Achebe who has opened up the magic casements of African fiction.”

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