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Home And Exile (Paperback)
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Home And Exile (Paperback)

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Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 21/02/2003
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This trenchant and illuminating book by one of Africa's most influential and celebrated writers is a major statement on the importance and dangers of stories, one in which Achebe makes telling use of his personal experiences to examine the political nature of culture and specifically literature. It is the weaving of the personal into the bigger picture that makes Home and Exile so remarkable and affecting. It's the closest we are likely to get by way of Achebe's autobiography but it is also a brilliantly argued critique of imperialism. Achebe challenges the way the West has appropriated Africa with a particular emphasis on how 'imperialist' literature has been used to justify its dispossession and degradation. Above all this is a book that articulates persuasively why literature matters. Stories are a real source of power in the world, Achebe concludes, and to imitate the literature of another culture is to give that power away.

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781841953854
Number of pages: 128
Weight: 92 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 7 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
The value of Achebe's book is . . . to insist that literature matters. * * Financial Times * *
A moving account of an exceptional life . . . Achebe reveals the inner workings of the human conscience through the predicament of Africa and his own intellectual life . . . A story of the triumph of the mind, told in the words of one of the century's most gifted writers. -- Henry Louis Gates Jr
A book that anyone concerned with advancing social justice and human dignity should read. * * Seattle Times * *
In defining the dignity and vibrancy of African literature, Chinua Achebe defies the stranglehold of colonial, imperialist and cultural dispossession. He brings us into balance with a world of literature and hope that the West with its myth of primacy denies. -- Walter Mosley

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