There Was a Country A Personal History of Biafra

ISBN-10: 014312403X

ISBN-13: 9780143124030

Edition: N/A

Authors: Chinua Achebe

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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 warFor more than forty years, Chinua Achebe has maintained a considered silence on the events of the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967–1970, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. Now, decades in the making, comes a towering account of one of modern Africa’s most disastrous events, from a writer whose words and courage have left an enduring stamp on world literature. A marriage of history and memoir, vivid firsthand observation and decades of research and reflection, There Was a Country is a work whose wisdom and compassion remind us of Chinua Achebe’s place as one of the great literary and moral voices of our age.
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List price: $17.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/24/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria. He studied English, history and theology at University College in Ibadan from 1948 to 1953. After receiving a second-class degree, he taught for a while before joining the Nigeria Broadcasting Service in 1954. He was working as a broadcaster when he wrote his first two novels, and then quit working to devote himself to writing full time. Unfortunately his literary career was cut short by the Nigerian Civil War. During this time he supported the ill-fated Biafrian cause and served abroad as a diplomat. He and his family narrowly escaped assassination. After the civil war, he abandoned fiction for a period in favor of essays, short stories, and poetry. His works include Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease, A Man of the People, Anthills of the Savannah, and There Was a Country. He also wrote four children's books including Chike and the River and How the Leopard Got His Claws. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize for his "overall contribution to fiction on the world stage." He also worked as a professor of literature in Nigeria and the United States. He died following a brief illness on March 21, 2013 at the age of 82.

Pioneers of a New Frontier
The Magical Years
A Primary Exposure
Leaving Home
The Formative Years at Umuahia and Ibadan
The Umuahia Experience
The Ibadan Experience
Meeting Christie and Her Family
Discovering Things Fall Apart
A Lucky Generation
The March to Independence
The Cradle of Nigerian Nationalism
Post-Independence Nigeria
The Decline
The Role of the Writer in Africa
1966 (poem)
January 15, 1966, Coup
The Dark Days
Benin Road (poem)
A History of Ethnic Tension and Resentment
The Army
Countercoup and Assassination
The Pogroms
Penalty of Godhead (poem)
The Aburi Accord
Generation Gap (poem)
The Nightmare Begins
The Nigeria-Biafra War
The Biafran Position
The Nigerian Argument
The Role of the Organization of African Unity
The Triangle Game: The UK, France, and the United States
The Writers and Intellectuals
The War and the Nigerian Intellectual
The Life and Work of Christopher Okigbo
The Major Nigerian Actors in the Conflict: Ojukwu and Gowon
The Aristocrat
The Gentleman General
The First Shot (poem)
The Biafran Invasion of the Mid-West
Gowon Regroups
The Asaba Massacre
Biafran Repercussions
Blood, Blood, Everywhere
The Calabar Massacre
Biafra, 1969 (poem)
The Republic of Biafra
The Intellectual Foundation of a New Nation
The Biafran State
The Biafran Flag
The Biafran National Anthem
The Military
Biafran Tanks
A Tiger Joins the Army
Freedom Fighters
Traveling on Behalf of Biafra
Refugee Mother and Child (A Mother in a Refugee Camp) (poem)
Life in Biafra
The Abagana Ambush
Air Raid (poem)
The Citadel Press
The Ifeajuna Manuscript
Staying Alive
Death of the Poet: "Daddy, Don't Let Him Die!"
Mango Seedling (poem)
We Laughed at Him (poem)
The Media War
Narrow Escapes
Vultures (poem)
The Fight to the Finish
The Economic Blockade and Starvation
The Silence of the United Nations
Azikiwe Withdraws Support for Biafra
The Recapture of Owerri
Biafra Takes an Oil Rig: "The Kwale Incident"
1970 and The Fall
The Question of Genocide
The Arguments
The Case Against the Nigerian Government
Gowon Responds
Nigeria's Painful Transitions: A Reappraisal
Corruption and Indiscipline
State Failure and the Rise of Terrorism
State Resuscitation and Recovery
After a War (poem)
Postscript: The Example of Nelson Mandela
Appendix: Brigadier Banjo's Broadcast to Mid-West
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