Der Ruhm des jungen Kriegers Okonkwo verbreitet sich wie ein Lauffeuer in West Afrika. Als er jedoch unbeabsichtigt ein wichtiges Stammesmitglied tötet, gerät seine Welt aus den Fugen. Okonkwo is the greatest wrestler and warrior alive, and his fame spreads throughout West Africa like a bush-fire. But when he accidentally kills a clansman, things begin to fall apart.
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 was 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 was Professor at the David and Marianna Fisher University and Professor of Africana studies at Brown University. Chinua Achebe wrote over twenty books - novels, short stories, essays and collections of poetry - and received numerous honours from around the world, including the Honourary Fellowship of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as honourary doctorates from more than thirty colleges and universities. He was also the recipient of Nigeria's highest award for intellectual achievement, the Nigerian National Merit Award. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize for Fiction. Chinua Achebe died in 2013.
Chinua Achebe, geboren 1930 in Ogidi/Nigeria, studierte zunächst Medizin, dann Literatur, Geschichte und Religion an der Universität von Ibadan/Nigeria. Leiter des nigerianischen Rundfunks. Lehrtätigkeiten an verschiedenen Universitäten von Nigeria sowie der Universität von Massachusetts/Amhurst und Connecticut. Er leitete den Fachbereich für Literatur an der Universität von Nsukka/Nigeria und erhielt 2002 den Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels. Chinua Achebe verstarb 2013.