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For more than forty years, Chinua Achebe maintained a considered silence on the events of the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of –, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. A marriage of history and memoir, vivid firsthand observation and. For more than forty years, Chinua Achebe maintained a considered silence on the events of the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of –, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. Decades in the making, There Was a Country is a towering account of one. 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.


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There Was a Country By Chinua Achebe: From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart comes a long awaited memoir of coming of age with a. eBook . There Was a Country was his long-awaited account of coming of age during the defining experience of his life: the Nigerian. From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart comes this long-awaited memoir recalling Chinua Achebe's personal experiences of and reflections on the.

There is something terribly wrong about the kind of mentality that targets an entire group of people just because of a few rotten apples in this case, the couple of Igbos involved with the coup.

Unfortunately it happens a lot. In Achebe's memoir, poetry and prose intersect and so you would naturally expect lyricism.

Yet it is not lyrical. In fact, Achebe's adept storytelling is missing in most of it.

There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra

This is more of a historical account, a personal affidavit of excerpted facts. 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.

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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. Immediately after the war, he took an academic post in the United States, and for over forty years he maintained a considered silence on those terrible years, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry.

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.

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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. Reviews: 'No writer is better placed than Chinua Achebe to tell the story of the Nigerian Biafran 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.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.

Undermajordomo Minor. Stand outs for me include the complex international alliances of the Great powers in the war — the unlikely allies of the Soviet Union, Great Britain, the United Nations, supporting the Nigerians - and France, China, Portugal and four African states supporting the Biafrans.

Achebe in very plain language calls out those who were behind the crimes against humanity on his people, the Biafrans. One of the most important parts of the book for me was the history of the Biafran War, the genocide that killed a large number of ethnic Igbos.

I am not sure of what we now have, but history has it that there was a young country called Nigeria; with prospect. Achebe feels that the secession that followed was inevitable.

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