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There Was a Country - A Personal History of Biafra

Chinua Achebe

From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart comes a longawaited memoir about coming of age with a fragile new nation, then watching it torn asunder in a tragic civil war The defining experience of Chinua Achebe's life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967-1970. The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe's people, many of whom were starved to death after the Nigerian government blockaded their borders. By then, Chinua Achebe was already a world-renowned novelist, with a young family to protect. He took the Biafran side in the conflict and served his government as a roving cultural ambassador, from which vantage he absorbed the war's full horror. Immediately after, Achebe took refuge in an academic post in the United States, and for more than forty years he has maintained a considered silence on the events of those terrible years, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. Now, decades in the making, comes a towering reckoning with one of modern Africa's most fateful events, from a writer whose words and courage have left an enduring stamp on world literature. Achebe masterfully relates his experience, bothas he lived it and how he has come to understand it. He begins his story with Nigeria's birth pangs and the story of his own upbringing as a man and as a writer so that we might come to understand the country's promise, which turned to horror when the hot winds of hatred began to stir. To read There Was a Country is to be powerfully reminded that artists have a particular obligation, especially during a time of war. All writers, Achebe argues, should be committed writers-they should speak for their history, their beliefs, and their people. Marrying history and memoir, poetry and prose, There Was a Country is a distillation of vivid firsthand observation and forty years of research and reflection. Wise, humane, and authoritative, it will stand as definitive and reinforce Achebe's place as one of the most vital literary and moral v

From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart comes a longawaited memoir about coming of age with a fragile new nation, then watching it torn asunder in a tragic civil war The defining experience of Chinua Achebe's life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967-1970. The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe's people, many of whom were starved to death after the Nigerian government blockaded their borders. By then, Chinua Achebe was already a world-renowned novelist, with a young family to protect. He took the Biafran side in the conflict and served his government as a roving cultural ambassador, from which vantage he absorbed the war's full horror. Immediately after, Achebe took refuge in an academic post in the United States, and for more than forty years he has maintained a considered silence on the events of those terrible years, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. Now, decades in the making, comes a towering reckoning with one of modern Africa's most fateful events, from a writer whose words and courage have left an enduring stamp on world literature. Achebe masterfully relates his experience, bothas he lived it and how he has come to understand it. He begins his story with Nigeria's birth pangs and the story of his own upbringing as a man and as a writer so that we might come to understand the country's promise, which turned to horror when the hot winds of hatred began to stir. To read There Was a Country is to be powerfully reminded that artists have a particular obligation, especially during a time of war. All writers, Achebe argues, should be committed writers-they should speak for their history, their beliefs, and their people. Marrying history and memoir, poetry and prose, There Was a Country is a distillation of vivid firsthand observation and forty years of research and reflection. Wise, humane, and authoritative, it will stand as definitive and reinforce Achebe's place as one of the most vital literary and moral v
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From the legendary author of Things Fall Apart comes a longawaited memoir about coming of age with a fragile new nation, then watching it torn asunder in a tragic civil war The defining experience of Chinua Achebe's life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967-1970. The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe's people, many of whom were starved to death after the Nigerian government blockaded their borders. By then, Chinua Achebe was already a world-renowned novelist, with a young family to protect. He took the Biafran side in the conflict and served his government as a roving cultural ambassador, from which vantage he absorbed the war's full horror. Immediately after, Achebe took refuge in an academic post in the United States, and for more than forty years he has maintained a considered silence on the events of those terrible years, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry. Now, decades in the making, comes a towering reckoning with one of modern Africa's most fateful events, from a writer whose words and courage have left an enduring stamp on world literature. Achebe masterfully relates his experience, bothas he lived it and how he has come to understand it. He begins his story with Nigeria's birth pangs and the story of his own upbringing as a man and as a writer so that we might come to understand the country's promise, which turned to horror when the hot winds of hatred began to stir. To read There Was a Country is to be powerfully reminded that artists have a particular obligation, especially during a time of war. All writers, Achebe argues, should be committed writers-they should speak for their history, their beliefs, and their people. Marrying history and memoir, poetry and prose, There Was a Country is a distillation of vivid firsthand observation and forty years of research and reflection. Wise, humane, and authoritative, it will stand as definitive and reinforce Achebe's place as one of the most vital literary and moral v

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Length:

9h 24m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

06:23


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:39


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:44


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:13


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:13


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:55


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:48


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:12


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:03


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:03


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:46


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:30


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:53


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:48


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:21


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:32


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:31


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:54


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:19


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:01


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:43


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:11


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:25


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:47


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:34


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:20


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:45


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:29


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:41


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:05


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:18


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:39


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:35


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:27


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:51


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:12


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:43


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:32


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:53


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:49


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:05


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:20


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:05


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:37


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:43


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:07


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:20


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:13


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:16


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:12


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:21


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:23


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:48


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:23


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:46


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:01


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:54


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:47


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:44


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:00


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:50


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:03


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:34


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

02:53


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:17


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:55


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:03


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:47


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:25


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:47


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:24


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:18


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:15


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:01


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:39


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:20


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:50


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

03:17


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:17


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:58


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:36


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:51


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:18


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

05:06


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:29


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:12


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:01


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

07:10


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:48


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:42


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:48


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:05


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:14


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:08


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:26


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:36


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:30


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:28


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

01:00