Thursday, June 14, 2007

Achebe wins Man Booker Int'l Prize

Congrats to Chinua Achebe for being awarded the Man Booker International Prize, which recognizes a living author for his or her entire body of work. His first book, Things Fall Apart, is generally considered the first modern African novel, which was inspired by his anger at how Africans were portrayed in western writing. Achebe also gave an audio interview with the Voice of America.

Ironically, the father of modern African literature has not been awarded the Nobel Prize, despite being one of the most influential authors of the last century.

Update: The Christian Science Monitor had a good article on it too.

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