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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

This novel tells the story of the end of one era of civilization in a remote part of Nigeria and the beginning of colonialism and Christianity. It follows the story of Okonkwo, a highly respected member of his village whose life is ruined because he cannot adapt to the profound changes brought about by British colonial rule. Achebe's novels are heavily indebted to the oral tradition.
Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria.

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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe