Things Fall Apart

by Achebe, Chinua

In his debut novel, Chinua Achebe challenges our written perspective of history and portrays the devastating influence of colonization in late 19th century Nigeria.  Things Fall Apart explores one man's futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political and religious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order. The story follows Okonkwo, a man known for his fierce heart and physical strength, as he navigates his personal demons and his ability to protect those that he loves during the upcoming face of destruction. It is a conflict of both his personal identity as a traditionally masculine protector, as well as the desperate struggle to retain freedom.

Things Fall Apart has been translated in over 60 different languages, remaining a powerful influence to individuals worldwide and one of the first African novels written in English to receive global critical acclaim. The title of the novel comes from William Butler Yeats' poem "The Second Coming".

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William Heinemann Ltd., published a First UK Edition, First Printing hardcover in 1958, London. The edition is bound by red cloth boards and gilt lettering on the spine. 

Astor-Honor/Obolensky published a First US Edition, First Printing in 1959, New York. This particular edition has a dust jacket designed by Ronald Clyne. 

William Heinemann Ltd., published a First UK Edition, Second Impression hardcover in 1962, London. The edition is characterized by its orange cloth boards, and gilt lettering on the spine. The original dust jacket was designed with C. W. Bacon, and the illustrations were created by Dennis Carabine. 

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

The Folio Society published a limited edition hardcover in 2008, London. This particular edition was illustrated by Kareem Ilya and is bound with yellow-gold cloth boards with blue illustration on the front. This item is accompanied by a slipcase. 

Anchor House (Random House) published a First thus paperback edition in 1994, New York.

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A landmark work of modern African literature since its publication in 1958, Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart has become a classic which announced the arrival not only of a major writer but also marked the development of post-colonial literature in Africa and beyond. #1 in the legendary Heinemann African Writers Series. 1990 Heinemann Kenya reprint edition illustrated by Uche Okeke. Includes an… Read more about this item
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