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Chinua Achebe Discusses His Work with Iranian Journalist Nasrin Pourhamrang

There Was A CountryThings Fall ApartChinua Achebe’s most famous work, Things Fall Apart, was recently translated into Persian and released in Iran. Nasrin Pourhamrang, a journalist and editor-in-chief of Iranian publication Hatef Weekly Magazine, conducted an interview with Achebe in which they covered a wide range of topics, including Iranian arts and culture and Achebe’s writing career.

Achebe explains why he has only been able to write about the Biafran war now in his latest book, There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra, and discusses the features of modern African literature:

Recently, the classic African novel “Things Fall Apart” by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe was translated into Persian by Ali Hodavand and released in Iran. Nasrin Pourhamrang, Editor-in-Chief of Hatef Weekly Magazine interviewed the author on a wide range of topics from Art, culture and literature;politics, cultural and linguistic preservation;to the legacy of colonialism and his forthcoming book there was a Country-A personal history of Biafra.

Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930. He was raised in the large village of Ogidi, one of the first centers of Anglican missionary work in Eastern Nigeria, and is a graduate of University College, Ibadan. His early career in radio ended abruptly in 1966, when he left his post as Director of External Broadcasting in Nigeria during the national upheaval that led to the Biafran War. Achebe joined the Biafran Ministry of Information and represented Biafra on various diplomatic and fund-raising missions. He was appointed Senior Research Fellow at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and began lecturing widely abroad. For over fifteen years, he was the Charles P. Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. He is now the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and professor of Africana studies at Brown University.

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