RIP Chinua Achebe (1930–2013)

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We’re saddened by the news that novelist and poet Chinua Achebe passed away today.

Here are just a few conversations from his long and impacting legacy:

In a 2009 interview with All Things Considered, Achebe discussed his first and most famous novel, Things Fall Apart.

Chinua spoke recently about the importance of storytelling.

Revisit the Paris Review’s extensive 1994 interview for more of Achebe’s words.

There is something about important stories that is not just the message, but also the way that message is conveyed, the arrangement of the words, the felicity of the language. So it’s really a balance between your commitment, whether it’s political or economic or whatever, and your craft as an artist.


Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →