Published in 1958, the novel recounts the life of the warrior and village hero Okonkwo, and describes the arrival of white missionaries to his Igbo village and their impact on African life and society at the end of the nineteenth century. Through his writing, Chinua Achebe counters images of African societies and peoples as they are represented within the Western literary tradition and reclaims his own and his people's history. This lesson introduces students to Achebe's first novel and to his views on the role of the writer in his or her society.
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