Monday, May 21, 2012

'Things Fall Apart' Listed Among 50 Most Influential Books

An American academic website SuperScholar, has listed 'Things Fall Apart' as one of the world's most influential books. The novel was written by foremost playwright and novelist, Prof. Chinua Achebe.

While listing the book, the website described 'Things Fall Apart' as  “the most widely read book in contemporary African literature, focuses on the clash of colonialism, Christianity, and native African culture.”

Other books listed include Mohammed Yunus ‘Banker to the Poor (1999, last edition 2007);’ Malcolm X’s ‘The Autobiography of Malcolm X’ (1965); Mao Tse-tung’s The Little Red Book, aka Quotations From Chairman Mao (1966); Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan (2007, last edition 2010); Aleksander Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago (in three volumes, 1974-78); Amartya Sen’s Resources, Values and Development (1984, last edition 1997); and Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses (1988).
According to the website, the books were not selected based on how great they are, but how well they have influenced the literary society.

'Things Fall Apart' was first published in 1958.


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