Another Africa

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Lund Humphries, 1998 - Photography - 122 pages
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In Another Africa, renowned photographer Robert Lyons and internationally acclaimed author Chinua Achebe (previous publications include Arrow of God, No Longer at Ease and Things Fall Apart) have joined together to explore the real Africa behind the stereotypes commonly held by Westerners. In a stunning series of photographs and poems, this work peels away myths to explore the complexity, diversity and humanity of a place called Africa.The nuance and detail of Robert Lyons's elegantly intermingled still lifes, portraits and landscapes reveal rich ambiguities and unique perspectives. Informed by a discerning blend of candid observation and artistic imagination, these startlingly beautiful images record 'the essential humanity and validity of the observed, and, if our hearts are open, the humanity and the validity of ourselves, the observers' (Artsweek).The photographs take on another dimension in concert with the eye-opening essay and enchanting poems by Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian. A 'magical writer - one of the greatest of the twentieth century' (Margaret Atwood), Achebe writes about Africa on its own terms, from within. With penetrating insight, he exposes a long history of distorted depictions of this extraordinary continent.In bringing their work together, these two great talents have achieved an alchemy of creativity out of which new ways of seeing emerge and coalesce into a portrait of Africa distinguished by honesty, understanding and respect.

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About the author (1998)

Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was born the son of Isaiah Okafo, a Christian churchman, and Janet N. Achebe November 16, 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria. He attended Government College in Umuahia from 1944 to 1947 and University College in Ibadan from 1948 to 1953. He then received his B.A. from London University in 1953 and studied broadcasting at the British Broadcasting Corporation in London in 1956. Achebe worked as a broadcaster when he wrote 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. He later became a professor of literature in Nigeria and America. Achebe was the first Nigerian writer to successfully fuse the conventions of the novel, historically a European art form, with African storytelling. He is also the first major African novelist to publish in English.

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