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Another Africa
Lyons, Robert.
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First Anchor Books edition.
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New York : Anchor Books, 1998.
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122 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
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DT4.5 .L96 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Another Africais a book that fuses photographs, poetry, and text to create a view of present-day Africa that moves beyond the stereotypes commonly held by most westerners: an open-air ethnographic museum, a continent in constant turmoil, a vast expanse of beautiful sand dunes and tropical savannas where herds of wildlife roam. This work peels away myths to explore the complexity, diversity, and human dimensions of a place called Africa--one that celebrates the commonplace and exotic simultaneously. The photographs are highly subjective, a personal investigation that reflects the sensibilities, formal concerns, and the ongoing engagement of the photographer in this part of the world. With the brilliant Chinua Achebe--a Nigerian--contributing his poems and an essay, the book takes on a further and critical dimension. He presents a concise view of Africa today, including the individual and political issues facing its countries. He deals with Africa on its own terms--from within, not from an outsider's perspective.

Author Notes

Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was born on November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria. He studied English, history and theology at University College in Ibadan from 1948 to 1953. After receiving a second-class degree, he taught for a while before joining the Nigeria Broadcasting Service in 1954.

He was working as a broadcaster when he wrote his first two novels, and then quit working to devote himself to writing full time. Unfortunately his literary career was cut short by the Nigerian Civil War. During this time he supported the ill-fated Biafrian cause and served abroad as a diplomat. He and his family narrowly escaped assassination. After the civil war, he abandoned fiction for a period in favor of essays, short stories, and poetry.

His works include Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease, A Man of the People, Anthills of the Savannah, and There Was a Country. He also wrote four children's books including Chike and the River and How the Leopard Got His Claws. In 2007, he won the Man Booker International Prize for his "overall contribution to fiction on the world stage." He also worked as a professor of literature in Nigeria and the United States. He died following a brief illness on March 21, 2013 at the age of 82.

(Bowker Author Biography)



I will not mourn with you your lost populations, the silent columns of your fief erased from the king's book of numbers For in your house of stone by the great road you listened once to refugee voices at dawn telling of massacres and plagues in their land across seven rivers Like a hornbill in flight you tucked in your slippered feet from the threshold out of their beseeching gaze But a pestilence father than faraway tales of dawn had bought a seat in Ogun's reckless chariot and knocks by nightfall on your iron gate. Take heart oh chief; decimation by miscount, however grievous, is a happy retreat from bolder uses of the past.  Take heart, C for these scribal flourishes behind smudged entries, these trophied returns of clerical headhunters can never match the quiet flow of red blood. But if my grudging comfort fail, then take this long and even view to AD 2000 when the word is due to go out again and--depending on which Caesar order the count--new conurbations may sprout in today's wastelands, and thriving cities dissolve in sudden mirages and the ready-reckoners at court will calculate their gain and our loss, and make us any-number-of-million-they-like strong! Excerpted from Another Africa by Robert Lyons, Chinua Achebe All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.