An Image of Africa/ The Trouble with Nigeria, Paperback

An Image of Africa/ The Trouble with Nigeria Paperback

Part of the Penguin Great Ideas series

3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


Beautifully written yet highly controversial, "An Image of Africa" asserts Achebe's belief in Joseph Conrad as a 'bloody racist' and his conviction that Conrad's novel "Heart of Darkness" only serves to perpetuate damaging stereotypes of black people.

Also included is "The Trouble with Nigeria", Achebe's searing outpouring of his frustrations with his country. "Great Ideas": throughout history, some books have changed the world.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780141192581



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Two essays by the always marvelous Chinua Achebe. First he discusses the inherent racism that mars or rather undermines Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' - an issue I had never given a great deal of thought to, having only read Heart once and not really enjoying it as fully as I felt I should have; now my conscience is clear. The bulk of the book is given over to an analysis of Nigeria - the political situation, the struggle against corruption and ill-discipline, and the dire need for reform on every level. Although written a while back, and perhaps all the more depressing because so little seems to have changed, it is fascinating stuff and makes me want to get even further into the issues that Achebe covers.

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