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Home and Exile

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By Chinua Achebe

Publishing 4th January 2001 at £9.99

‘In defining the dignity and vibrancy of African literature, Chinua Achebe defies the stranglehold of colonial, imperialist and cultural dispossession. He brings us into balance with a world of literature and hope that the West
with its myth of primacy denies’ Walter Mosely

Home and Exile is Achebe's first fully autobiographical work, although like his previous books, it undertakes a sustained exploration of the European impact on African culture. In a series of literary and gently humorous reminiscences from his childhood and early adulthood, Achebe speaks about his own intellectual formation under European-style schooling, and the battles over representation he fought with, and within himself while establishing his identity as a respected African writer.

Home and Exile is a moving account of an exceptional life. Achebe reveals the inner workings of the human conscience throughout the predicament of Africa and his own intellectual life. It is a story of the triumph of the mind, told in words of one of the twentieth century's most gifted writers. Marked by a passionate commitment to political justice, Home and Exile brings to life Africa's first fraught encounters with Europe, and the rest of the world, while unflinchingly depicting the dark side of contemporary African political life.

Chinua Achebe, noted Nigerian novelist and poet, is Charles P. Stevenson Jr Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. He received his B.A. from the University of London and holds over twenty honorary doctorates from colleges and universities, including Dartmouth College, University of Kent, and Harvard University. He has received many awards and prizes including the Margaret Wong memorial Prize, the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, the Lotus Award, and the Campion Medal. He was named honorary fellow of the Modern Language Association, fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, London, and honorary fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

For further information please contact
Kate Farquhar-Thomson on 01865 267423
or farquhak@oup.co.uk

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