The author has been in the room during the big peace talks in the Horn of Africa, interviewing and befriending the region’s Big Men. The result is indigestible but brilliant.
Published 60 years ago this year by Heinemann in London, Things Fall Apart has sold more than 10m copies and been translated into more than 50 languages.
Africa is a continent about which many wildly different stories have been told. It has not always been provided the chance to tell its own stories.
Somali sailors fought alongside Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar; and could have been present on the ship that carried the body of explorer David Livingstone home from Zanzibar in 1874.
It is an effortless weaving of the politics of the apartheid state, the Transkei, liberation movements, and chiefly politics into an interconnected narrative of shifting power relations