The following obituary was written by Sami Alkyam, a Ph.D. Candidate in our department and a preceptor in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department at Harvard University:
The Death of the Novelist
I was deeply saddened to learn two days ago that Chinua Achebe, the writer of Things Fall Apart passed away. This specific book, in my assessment, is one of the 20th century's most insightful works about power dynamics. Born in Nigeria, Achebe's views on colonialism and its “Civilizing Mission” were nuanced and multifaceted but we will be unfair and simplistic if we render his writing to this theme. . .