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Things Fall Apart

A worldwide bestseller and the first part of Chinua Achebe's African Trilogy, Things Fall Apart is the compelling story of one man's battle to protect his community against the forces of change.

This book is part of a curated reading list by Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, created especially for the RA Shop. Read more and shop the full selection here.

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Dimensions 19.8 x 1 x 12.9cm
Fabric & material Paperback
No. of Pages 176
SKU 12091719

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Service Update (updated 19 March 2020)

We want to make sure your order reaches you as safely as possible. Therefore, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, all orders will be dispatched once the RA has reopened. We will be in touch once the RA has reopened and once your order has been dispatched. 

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Our last order date is 12 December 2021 for your gifts to arrive in time for Christmas. For more information on delivery times and terms, please click here.

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Updated 19 May 2020

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Product story

Okonkwo is the greatest wrestler and warrior alive, and his fame spreads throughout West Africa like a bush-fire in the harmattan. But when he accidentally kills a clansman, things begin to fall apart. Then Okonkwo returns from exile to find missionaries and colonial governors have arrived in the village. With his world thrown radically off-balance he can only hurtle towards tragedy.

First published in 1958, Chinua Achebe's stark, coolly ironic novel reshaped both African and world literature, and has sold over ten million copies in forty-five languages. This arresting parable of a proud but powerless man witnessing the ruin of his people begins Achebe's landmark trilogy of works chronicling the fate of one African community, continued in Arrow of God and No Longer at Ease.

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