Friday, March 22, 2013


Chinua Achebe died.

1 comment:

  1. I recently listened to Terry Gross's interview with Achebe on the public radio program, "Fresh Air." In their discussion of one of his novels, Achebe states that a novel should not offer a prescription but a headache. I found this assertion so compelling as a student of literature. I also think his rubric, coming from the necessary work of literature in the postcolonial Nigerian context. It made me think about Walker's _Meridian_ as itself an anti-U.S. apartheid novel. Meridian herself suffers from actual headaches, but does the novel produce a headache for the reader? How does its moral complexity trouble the status quo or disorient the reader's belief system(s)?


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