‘Things Fall Apart’ Author Chinua Achebe Dead at 82

Famed author of internationally renowned book passes away.

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chinua achebeNigerian author Chinua Achebe, who wrote the popular novel “Things Fall Apart,” died at 82. Achebe died following a brief illness, said his agent, Andrew Wylie.

Achebe dedicated his literary career to rewriting and reclaiming his native country’s history and championing his Nigerian roots. While “Things Fall Apart” was originally turned down by many publishers, the novel (released in 1958) about a Nigerian tribesman’s downfall at the hands of British colonialists eventually became one of the most renowned literary works of the 20th century.

To date, it has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 50 languages.

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