Things fall apart is a milestone in african literature it has come to be seen as the archetypal modern african novel in english, and is read in nigeria and throughout africa of all of achebe's works, things fall apart is the one read most often, and has generated the most critical response, examination, and literary criticism.
Chinua achebe (b albert chinụalụmọgụ achebe 16 [november 1930—d 21 march 2013]), winner of the 2007 man booker international prize, is considered the most influential author of african literature in english of the modern era.
Things fall apart is the first of three novels in chinua achebe’s critically acclaimed african trilogy it is a classic narrative about africa’s cataclysmic encounter with europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Early years chinua achebe his relatively late introduction to english allowed achebe to develop a sense of cultural pride and an appreciation of his native tongue — values that may not have been cultivated had he been raised and taught exclusively in english he became the charles p stevenson, jr, professor of literature at bard.
While reading things fall apart, students should reflect on the proverb and ask themselves in what ways achebe's novel subverts the themes and techniques of colonial writing and constitutes a different story or counter-narrative to the european texts ask the class to note the ways in which achebe represents african culture and the african landscape, and to give textual examples of ways in which he employs narrative techniques that contest colonialist discourse.
Chinua achebe (/ ˈ tʃ ɪ n w ɑː ə ˈ tʃ ɛ b eɪ / born albert chinụalụmọgụ achebe, 16 november 1930 – 21 march 2013) was a nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic his first novel things fall apart (1958), often considered his best, is the most widely read book in modern african literature.