This is the classic collection of Chinua Achebe's short fiction, written over twenty years and drawn from literary journals and magazines, to be made available to the wider public. The earliest, 'Marriage is a Private Affair' (1952), dates back to his student days at Ibadan, Nigeria, while the latest, 'Vengeful Creditor' and 'Civil Peace' (1971), are stories of the Nigerian civil war. 'Girls at War', the title story, is about the tragic effects of war on the civilian population, in particular on one girl, who sets out with high ideals which vanish as the war drags on and the need for food replaces the need for ideals.
This collection provides an interesting cross-section of Achebe's work and the development of his key themes and distinctive style against the significant historical and political backdrop of Africa in the decades between 1952 and 1972.
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Collects such stories as - 'Marriage is a Private Affair'; 'Vengeful Creditor'; 'Civil Peace'; and, 'Girls at War'.Review:
Praise for Chinua Achebe
"A magical writer--one of the greatest of the twentieth century." --Margaret Atwood
"African literature is incomplete and unthinkable without the works of Chinua Achebe." --Toni Morrison
"Chinua Achebe is gloriously gifted with the magic of an ebullient, generous, great talent." --Nadine Gordimer
"Achebe's influence should go on and on . . . teaching and reminding that all humankind is one." -- The Nation
"The father of African literature in the English language and undoubtedly one of the most important writers of the second half of the twentieth century." --Caryl Phillips, The Observer
"We are indebted to Achebe for reminding us that art has social and moral dimension--a truth often obscured." -- Chicago Tribune
"He is one of the few writers of our time who has touched us with a code of values that will never be ironic." --Michael Ondaatje
"For so many readers around the world, it is Chinua Achebe who opened up the magic casements of African fiction." --Kwame Anthony Appiah
"[Achebe] is one of world literature's great humane voices." -- Times Literary Supplement
"Achebe is one of the most distinguished artists to emerge from the West African cultural renaissance of the post-war world." -- The Sunday Times (London)
"[Achebe is] a powerful voice for cultural decolonization." -- The Village Voice
"Chinua Achebe has shown that a mind that observes clearly but feels deeply enough to afford laughter may be more wise than all the politicians and journalists." -- Time
"The power and majesty of Chinua Achebe's work has, literally, opened the world to generations of readers. He is an ambassador of art, and a profound recorder of the human condition." --Michael Dorris
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