It is hard to imagine a world without Chinua Achebe. So, over the next couple of weeks, I will post some reflections here on the life, work, and death of this essential writer, Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe. His death on March 21, 2013, last week, in Boston, is an enormous loss to the world of letters. In “Our Living Ancestor: Chris Abani Remembers Chinua Achebe,” from The Daily Beast, we can read a moving account of Achebe’s effect on Chris Abani, a Nigerian/American poet and novelist whose work is very important to me. Also, Abani writes a second remembrance of Achebe, “Chinua Achebe- My Complicated Literary Father” on Ynaija.com. Both reflections are insightful.
It’s almost an understatement to say that Chinua Achebe is a giant of modern literature. In his death, we have lost, not only a great Nigerian writer, or a great African writer, we have lost one of the towering writers of our time. (Photo Above: Craig Ruttle/AP)