Saturday, February 02, 2008

"Things Fall Apart" 50th anniversary

On Feb. 12 Anchor Books will publish a 50th anniversary edition of "Things Fall Apart" by legendary Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. There's no denying the book's continued social importance, as it remains required reading in countless high school and college English courses.

Back in the spring of 2001 I had the opportunity to interview Chinua Achebe at his home in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Among other things, we discussed the success of "Things Fall Apart" and his (then) most recent work, "Home and Exile."