There Was A Country

A Personal History of Biafra
Author(s): Chinua Achebe
Original Publish Date: Oct 11, 2012
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (9.35 hours)
Product Number: Z100090795
Released: Feb 28, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781101979440
Publisher: Books on Tape
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From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart-a long-awaited memoir of coming of age in a fragile new nation, and its destruction in a tragic civil war. For more than forty years, Chinua Achebe has maintained a considered silence on the events of the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967-1970, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. Now, decades in the making, comes a towering account of one of modern Africa's most disastrous events, from a writer whose words and courage have left an enduring stamp on world literature. A marriage of history and memoir, vivid firsthand observation and decades of research and reflection, There Was a Country is a work whose wisdom and compassion remind us of Chinua Achebe's place as one of the great literary and moral voices of our age.

Professional reviews

"In a work that is part memoir and part history, Chinua Achebe tells not only his own story but also the story of his country, Nigeria. Listening to Akinnuoye-Agbaje's fully credible African accent, one can hardly believe he was born and raised in London. His deep Nigerian tone transports the listener. He delivers African names with a natural ease. And his slow pacing and perfect diction allow the listener to easily follow the harrowing story of the Nigerian civil war, a conflict in which more than one million died. Author and narrator are perfectly paired in a moving production that will stay with the listener long after the final word is spoken. M.D. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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