A Man of the People and the Biafran writings
in Chinua Achebe
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This chapter examines A Man of the People in relation to the historical circumstances that produced it, a situation in which Nigeria's fledgling democracy was at an end and its public sphere overrun by corruption and violence. It then goes on to explore Achebe's writings from the Nigerian civil war, including not only the short fiction and poetry but his revealing fable for children How the Leopard Got His Claws. In Achebe's last writings, he revealed himself to be the lead author of Biafra's revolutionary statement of principles The Ahiara Declaration, a profoundly resonant historical document that has never previously been analysed as a part of his work. This discussion marks a significant new departure in the evaluation of Achebe as a writer.


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