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There Was a Country

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From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart comes a long-awaited memoir about coming of age with a fragile new nation, then watching it torn asunder in a tragic civil war. The defining experience of Chinua Achebe's life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967-1970. The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe's people, many of whom were starved to death after the Nigerian government blockaded their borders. By then, Chinua Achebe was already a world-renowned novelist, with a young family to protect. He took the Biafran side in the conflict and served his government as a roving cultural ambassador, from which vantage he absorbed the war's full horror. Immediately after, Achebe took refuge in an academic post in the United States, and for more than 40 years he has maintained a considered silence on the events of those terrible years, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. Now, decades in the making, comes a towering reckoning with one of modern Africa's most fateful events, from a writer whose words and courage have left an enduring stamp on world literature. Achebe masterfully relates his experience, both as he lived it and how he has come to understand it. He begins his story with Nigeria's birth pangs and the story of his own upbringing as a man and as a writer so that we might come to understand the country's promise, which turned to horror when the hot winds of hatred began to stir. To read There Was a Country is to be powerfully reminded that artists have a particular obligation, especially during a time of war. All writers, Achebe argues, should be committed writers - they should speak for their history, their beliefs, and their people. Marrying history and memoir, poetry and prose, There Was a Country is a distillation of vivid firsthand observation and 40 years of research and reflection. Wise, humane, and authoritative, it will stand as definitive and reinforce Achebe's place as one of the most vital literary and moral voices of our age. "1966", "Benin Road", "Penalty of Godhead", "Generation Gap", "Biafra, 1969", "A Mother in a Refugee Camp", "The First Shot", "Air Raid", "Mango Seedling", "We Laughed at Him", "Vultures", and "After a War" from Collected Poems by Chinua Achebe. Copyright 1971, 1973, 2004 by Chinua Achebe. Used by permission of Anchor Books, a division of Random House, Inc. and The Wylie Agency, LLC.

©2012 Chinua Achebe (P)2012 Penguin Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
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Alt falder fra hinanden

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Okonkwo er kendt viden om som en stor bryder og kriger, og han er en af landsbyen Umuofias mest lovende mænd. I modsætning til sin far, som han foragter, er Okonkwo hårdtarbejdende, tapper og stolt, og hans største ambition er at blive en af stammens stormænd. Han har fra et fattigt udgangspunkt langsomt arbejdet sig hen imod dette mål, da sort uheld tvinger ham og hans familie ud i syv års landflygtighed. Da de endelig kan vende hjem til Umuofia, hvor Okonkwo planlægger at tage fat, hvor han slap, har alting forandret sig; engelske missionærer har gjort deres indtog og medbragt britisk administration og retsvæsen. Som følge heraf er stammens ældgamle traditioner og hierarkier i opbrud, og Okonkwo ser magtesløs til, mens alt omkring ham falder fra hinanden. Please note: This audiobook is in Danish.

©1958 Chinua Achebe (P)2013 Bechs Forlag - Viatone

Narrator: Torben Sekov
Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
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