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PDF | The Nigerian civil war of ended with the then military government of Gen. Gowon maintaining the “No Victor, No Vanquished”. Chinua Achebe is undoubtedly one of Nigeria's, and Africa's, best known and most celebrated authors. Nigeria, Africa's most popu- lous country and arguably. There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra (New York: Penguin Books, , pp. , ISBN: ) by Chinua Achebe reviewed by Idowu.

Also available as: Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for download. 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 maintained a considered silence on the events of the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of —, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. No Longer at Ease. Chinua Achebe. You Must Set Forth at Dawn. Wole Soyinka. Anthills of the Savannah. The Thing Around Your Neck. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Achebe also considers the role of the wider world in a conflict which in his view was influenced foremost by the necessities of realpolitik and not by the objective application of moral standards.

But for all the moral weight behind it and sympathy that the plight of the Igbos engendered, one of the key criticisms of the Biafran enterprise was that its leaders did not provide a clear and distinct idea platform to serve as a template for the rest of Nigeria and the [Type text] African continent other than one which was dominated by a tribal group seeking self-determination. The Nigerian Civil War has been typically viewed as one permeated by the ultimate reality of naked tribal interests in conflict and not as a battle of ideas.

The effect of the declaration on world opinion at the time was limited and in certain quarters, it was derided as an ill-sorted hodge-podge of ideas and intentions. But a consideration of the efficacy of Igbo nationalism and the collective identity of the people must acknowledge to a greater degree the historical record. From the Igbo-Biafran perspective there have been few if any truly introspective works which have considered the viability of a Biafran state from the point of view of the historical reality that there was never a united Igbo nation which operated as a cohesive national entity.

A study of the period before colonial conquest reveals not a united kingdom of Biafra but an aggregate of disparate villages and hamlets whose communities became steeped in the conduct of the brutal trans-Atlantic slave trade.

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The unity of the Igbos based on their collective fortune as a successful people in the post-colonial order as well as their ill- fortune through the trauma of pogroms and abuse, understandably provided the strong, emotionally grounded impetus to create a separate nation.

Nationalism, a concept that is inherently grounded in the practice of self-invention, can be a force for self-transformation. Caught up in the atrocities were Chinua Achebe and his young family. Achebe, already a world-renowned novelist, served his Biafran homeland as a roving cultural ambassador, witnessing the war's full horror first-hand.

Immediately after the war, he took an academic post in the United States, and for over forty years he maintained a considered silence on those terrible years, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. After years in the making There Was A Country presents his towering reckoning with one of modern Africa's most fateful experiences, both as he lived it and came to understand it. Marrying history and memoir, with the author's poetry woven throughout, There Was a Country is a distillation of vivid observation and considered research and reflection.

It relates Nigeria's birth pangs in the context of Achebe's own development as a man and a writer, and examines the role of the artist in times of war. We have in There Was a Country an elegy from a master storyteller who has witnessed the undulating fortunes of a nation' Noo Saro-Wiwa, Guardian 'Chinua Achebe's history of Biafra is a meditation on the condition of freedom.

It has the tense narrative grip of the best fiction. It is also a revelatory entry into the intimate character of the writer's brilliant mind and bold spirit. Achebe has created here a new genre of literature' Nadine Gordimer 'Part-history, part-memoir, [Achebe's] moving account of the war is laced with anger, but there is also an abiding tone of regret for what Nigeria might have been without conflict and mismanagement' Sunday Times About the author: Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in There Was a Country was his long-awaited account of coming of age during the defining experience of his life: It became infamous around the world for its impact on the Biafrans, who were starved to death by the Nigerian government in one of the twentieth century's greatest humanitarian disasters.

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Caught up in the atrocities were Chinua Achebe and his young family. Achebe, already a world-renowned novelist, served his Biafran homeland as a roving cultural ambassador, witnessing the war's full horror first-hand.

Immediately after the war, he took an academic post in the United States, and for over forty years he maintained a considered silence on those terrible years, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. After years in the making There Was A Country presents his towering reckoning with one of modern Africa's most fateful experiences, both as he lived it and came to understand it.

Marrying history and memoir, with the author's poetry woven throughout, There Was a Country is a distillation of vivid observation and considered research and reflection. It relates Nigeria's birth pangs in the context of Achebe's own development as a man and a writer, and examines the role of the artist in times of war. We have in There Was a Country an elegy from a master storyteller who has witnessed the undulating fortunes of a nation' Noo Saro-Wiwa, Guardian.

It has the tense narrative grip of the best fiction. It is also a revelatory entry into the intimate character of the writer's brilliant mind and bold spirit. Achebe has created here a new genre of literature' Nadine Gordimer.

Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in He published novels, short stories, essays, and children's books. His volume of poetry, Christmas in Biafra , was the joint winner of the first Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Things Fall Apart , Achebe's masterpiece, has been published in fifty different languages and has sold more than ten million copies.

Achebe lectured widely, receiving many honors from around the world.

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He was the recipient of the Nigerian National Merit Award, Nigeria's highest award for intellectual achievement. In , he won the Man Booker International Prize. He died in Part-history, part-memoir, [Achebe's] moving account of the war is laced with anger, but there is also an abiding tone of regret for what Nigeria might have been without conflict and mismanagement.

A blend of historical overview, personal memoir and political manifesto No writer is better placed than Chinua Achebe to tell the story of the Nigerian Biafran war from a cultural and political perspective Achebe relays [the war's] horrors He was raised in the large village of Ogidi, one of the first centers of Anglican missionary work in Eastern Nigeria, and was a graduate of University College, Ibadan. His early career in radio ended abruptly in , when he left his post as Director of External Broadcasting in Nigeria during the national upheaval that led to the Biafran War.

Achebe joined the Biafran Ministry of Information and represented Biafra on various diplomatic and fund-raising missions.

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