Here, collected for the first time in Everyman’s Library, are the three internationally acclaimed classic novels that comprise what has come to be known as Chinua Achebe’s “African Trilogy.”
Beginning with the best-selling Things Fall Apart—on the heels of its fiftieth anniversary—The African Trilogy captures a society caught between its traditional roots and the demands of a rapidly changing world. Achebe’s most famous novel introduces us to Okonkwo, an important member of the Igbo people, who fails to adjust as his village is colonized by the British. In No Longer at Ease we meet his grandson, Obi Okonkwo, a young man who was sent to a university in England and has returned, only to clash with the ruling elite to which he now believes he belongs. Arrow of God tells the story of Ezuelu, the chief priest of several Nigerian villages, and his battle with Christian missionaries.
In these masterful novels, Achebe brilliantly sets universal tales of personal and moral struggle in the context of the tragic drama of colonization.
About the Author
Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. He has 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. Of his novels, Arrow of God "won the New Statesman"-Jock Campbell Award, and Anthills of the Savannah" was a finalist for the 1987 Man Booker Prize. Things Fall Apart", Achebe's masterpiece, has been published in fifty different languages and has sold more than ten million copies internationally since its first publication in 1958. Achebe is the recipient of the Nigerian National Merit Award, Nigeria's highest award for intellectual achievement. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize. He died in March 2013.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages. Her first novel, "Purple Hibiscus", published by Algonquin in 2003, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her novel "Half of a Yellow Sun" won the Orange Broadband Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her story collection, "The Thing Around Your Neck", was the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. A recipient of a 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.