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Nigeria’s Achebe, author of influential ‘Things Falls Apart,’ dies

Chinua Achebe, an internationally celebrated Nigerian author, states-man and dissident, has died at age 82. (Mike Cohea/Brown University)
Chinua Achebe, an internationally celebrated Nigerian author, states-man and dissident, has died at age 82. (Mike Cohea/Brown University)
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NEW YORK — The opening sentence was as simple, declarative and revolutionary as a line out of Hemingway: “Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond,” Chinua Achebe wrote in “Things Fall Apart.” Africans, the Nigerian author announced more than 50 years ago, had their own history, their own celebrities and reputations. Achebe, the internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissident, who died Thursday at age 82 after a brief illness, continued ...


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