Since Chinua Achebe's passing last Thursday, my Facebook feed has been inundated with great quotes from the inspirational writer. There is a particular statement that I love and that resonates so perfectly with philosophy behind this blog:
"Nobody can teach me who I am. You can describe parts of me, but who I am, and what I need, is something I have to find out myself.”
Chinua Achebe's literary works inspired great book cover designs and this post showcases some of my favourites.
See also this visual history of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart over 50+ years, on Chimurenga Newsroom.
A final quote:
"Art is a man's constant effort to create for himself a different order of reality from that which is given to him; an aspiration to provide himself with a second handle on existence through his imagination"
The titles shown are available to purchase on Amazon:
- Things Fall Apart
- A Man of the People
- Anthills of the Savannah
- Chike and the River
- Hopes and Impediments
- Girls at War
- No Longer at Ease
- Quote of the week – Chinua Achebe on Keeping it Local
- Nigeria Independence Day – a celebration of the country's literature
- Pilgrimages - A literary (and illustrated!) journey, getting to know our own continent
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