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Chinua Achebe has died

Chinua Achebe, widely seen as the primary force behind post-colonial African literature, has died at the age of 82. Although he wrote many books (most recently There Was a Country: A Personal History of Biafra) and taught at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), he’s probably best known for his 1958 novel Things Fall Apart. He was one of my favorite writers, and is one of the major influences on my interest in modern, post-colonial literature. He will be missed, both by friends and family, and by the literary world (BBC News story).