Chinua Achebe “There Was a Country”
There Was a Country by Chinua Achebe is something close to a memoirr on the Nigerian Civil war which he played an important role.
There Was a Country by Chinua Achebe Review
Chinua Achebe has written something close to a memoir. It is a brave, clear-sighted treatment of the political background and brutal reality of the Nigerian-Biafran War in which upwards of three million people, most of them children, died, principally of starvation.
Biafra, the eastern region of Nigeria which tried to secede after thousands of Igbo were murdered following the coup of 1966, became a political headache for Britain according to Professor Chinua Achebe.
No writer is better placed than Chinua Achebe to tell the story of the Nigerian Biafran war from a cultural and political perspective. Yet, apart from an interview with Transition magazine in 1968 and a book of Biafran poems, Nigeria’s most eminent novelist has kept a literary silence about the civil war in which he played a prominent role – until now.
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