There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra

There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra

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From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart-a long-awaited memoir of coming of age in a fragile new nation, and its destruction in a tragic civil war

For more than forty years, Chinua Achebe has maintained a considered silence on the events of the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967-1970, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. Now, decades in the making, comes a towering account of one of modern Africa's most disastrous events,… (more)

Editorial reviews (4 reviews)


Just as "Things Fell Apart" blazed the path for more African writers to write their own stories, hopefully "There Was a Country" will bring about more rigorous, soul-searching calls for historical reckoning, a necessary step toward true African democracy.

This book fulfills its stated aim "to tell Nigeria's story, Biafra's story, our story, my story" for future generations; it is bound to become required reading, a refreshingly lucid and inspiring textbook.

This is a book that shows how raw the trauma of Biafra still is for Nigerians of Achebe’s generation. It should serve as a warning to younger generations as their country again comes dangerously close to the brink. But it is as likely that it will stir up animosities and reinforce old prejudices.

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Book Details  


Publisher: Penguin (October 11, 2012)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 352 pages

File size: 909 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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