Thursday, September 12, 2013

Did You Know That Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart Was Banned in Malaysia?

Do you know that Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (1958) is one of the top 10 most infamously outlawed novels of all time?


Chinua Achebe (16 November 1930 – 21 March 2013).  

The gist: One of the most celebrated pieces of African literature, Achebe’s story of Okonkwo, a leader and local wrestling champion in Umofia – a fictional group of nine villages in Nigeria – recalls the influences of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on his traditional Igbo community during an unspecified time period in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century.

Why was it banned? Reportedly banned in Malaysia, it is critical of colonialism and its consequences.

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