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Entries Tagged as 'African'

“Things Fall Apart”, Chinua Achebe

August 28th, 2009 · No Comments · African, History, Literature, Philosophy

Synopsis: A tribal patriarch in pre-colonial Nigeria is forced to confront the changes to his society brought on by the arrival of European settlers. The Anti-“Heart of Darkness”.
My Take: “Things Fall Apart”, Chinua Achebe’s first novel, is a seminal work in the modern literary cannon. Released in 1958, it was one of the works [...]

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“We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families”, Philip Gourevitch

July 21st, 2009 · 1 Comment · African, History, Policy, Politics

Synopsis: Philip Gourevitch, a staff writer for The New Yorker spends two years travelling in Rwanda in 1995-97 and produces an illuminating, if not always objectively rigorous, account of the Rwandan genocide, its causes and its aftermath.
My Take: Philip Gourevitch’s account of the collective insanity of late 20th century Rwanda is a moving account.
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"Heart of Darkness", Joseph Conrad

June 25th, 2009 · 4 Comments · African, English, Literature, Philosophy

Synopsis: Freed from the constraints of European morality, a man confronts the underlying nature of humanity. Madness ensures.
My Take: For quite a short novella, “The Heart of Darkness” has certainly prompted a lot of meta-discussion. The subject of critical attention as a part of the Western cannon, as a flash point in post-colonial literary debates, [...]

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