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Title: Aspects of Realism in Chinua Achebe's A Man of the People
Authors: DWIVEDI, Vachaspati
Keywords: Colonial consciousness
Identity
Realism
Marginality
Subservience
Issue Date: Mar-2008
Publisher: The Center for African Area Studies, Kyoto University
Journal title: African Study Monographs
Volume: 29
Issue: 1
Start page: 1
End page: 13
Abstract: Chinua Achebe has proven his worth among English-speaking African novelists by representing the African social and political environment in a thoroughly realistic way. His novels depict life within a particular historical background, and convey a sense of growing disgust and unrest within Nigerian society, a society that has started to emerge from the ‘colonial complex' caused by years of denigration and self-abasement. A Man of the People (1967) is Achebe's fourth novel. It describes Nigeria in its post-independence phase, during which time the country became a ‘cesspool of corruption and misrule' in the context of colonial-style social and economic development, a situation that resulted in conflict between the emergent, elitist middle class and the general population. Achebe's reputation as a novelist rests on his impartial understanding of, and ability to represent, the Nigerian environment. His realistic characterization, and diagnosis, of his country's malaise has the power to inspire a revolution informed by African ideologies.
DOI: 10.14989/66226
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2433/66226
Appears in Collections:Vol.29 No.1

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