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hopes and impediments selected essays by chinua achebe

Hopes and impediments : Selected essays by Chinua Achebe


New York : Doubleday, 1989. First American edition, first printing. Hardcover. 186 pages ; 21 cm. $17.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. A very good copy with firm binding, clean and unmarked pages.

"Gloriously gifted with the magic of an ebullient, generous, great talent"
—Nadine Gordimer

One of the most provocative and original voices in contemporary literature, Chinua Achebe commands wide-spread critical acclaim. His novels, including the recently published Anthills of the Savannah, are considered modern classics.

Hopes and Impediments draw on the best critical writings of this powerful writer over the past twenty-five years, offering a new perspective on the human condition. These essays range from an analysis of Joseph Conrad that has infuriated many an English professor to a moving tribute to James Baldwin. There are reflections on broad topics such as "The Truth of Fiction," "Thoughts on the African Novel," "Impediments to Dialogue Between North and South," and on the present needs of his own society. Throughout these provocative works run the central themes of literature and art against the background of Europe and Africa and the black-white divide. Mr. Achebe brings to bear his unique creative energies in exposing the monster of racist habit.

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