Chinua Achebe’s classic novel, ‘Things Fall Apart’ has been named one of the ‘50 Most Influential Books of the last 50 years’.
A group called ‘SuperScholar’ made this selection, naming Achebe’s first novel which was published in 1958 and translated to more than sixty languages as one of the 50 most influential books among books by other world acclaimed writers.
Other novels on the list include Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’, Salman Rushdie’s ‘Satanic Verses’, Joseph Heller’s ‘Catch-22′, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’.
Achebe, who is the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University in Providence, RI, is the author of five novels, several volumes of poetry as well as essay collections. His latest book, ‘There Was A Country: A Personal History of Biafra’, will be published in September, 2012.