"Things Fall Apart has been translated into 50 languages, has sold over 8 million copies, and is considered one of the 20th century’s literary masterpieces. This program analyzes the impact Chinua Achebe and his writings have had on world literature, as well as his influence as an editor and a spokesman for a generation of African writers. Dr. Achebe, noted professors Abiola Irele and Gerald Graff, and Charles Larson, editor of the anthology Under African Skies, discuss the characterization, social implications, and levels of interpretation of Things Fall Apart. Vital concepts indigenous to the Ibos of southeastern Nigeria such as oral culture, reincarnation, and negotiation—concepts essential to a deep understanding of the novel—are also presented. This program is an indispensable supplement to Achebe’s best-known novel that elucidates Nigerian history and culture and the impact of colonialism."
"In this foundational modern African novel, Chinua Achebe's story follows the lives of people trying to understand which belief systems deserve their loyalty. The protagonist, Okonkwo is a tribal leader who battles neighboring villages, the English, and his own demons in early colonial Nigeria. The perspectives of readers from around the world reveal the novel's universal themes. Cast members include playwright and professor, Tess Onwueme and theater director Chuck Mike."