‘It has the tense narrative grip of the best fiction. It is also a revelatory entry into the intimate character of the writer’s brilliant mind and bold spirit. Achebe has created here a new genre of literature’
The defining experience of Chinua Achebe’s life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, which was infamous for its savage impact on his people. For more than forty years Achebe was silent on this terrible time, until he produced this towering reckoning with one of modern Africa’s most fateful events. A marriage of history, remembrance, poetry and vivid first-hand observation, There Was a Country is a work of wisdom and compassion from one of the great voices of our age.