No Longer at Ease - Chinua Achebe 1960 - Heinemann, London Melbourne Toronto - First Edition A fine and scarce copy of Achebe's novel of personal and moral struggle amid turbulent social conflict, autobiographical in nature and written before he was thirty.

No Longer at Ease tells the story of Obi Okonkwo, a man whose foreign education has separated him from his African roots and made him part of a ruling elite whose corruption he finds repugnant. The agony of choosing between traditional values and the demands of a changing world is dramatised with unequalled clarity and poignancy. Still relevant more than fifty years after it was written, this remains a brilliant statement of the challenges facing African society.

We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death

– T.S. Eliot,
The Journey of the Magi.
  Albert Chinualumogu Achebe (1930-2013) was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor and critic. His debut novel, Things Fall Apart, published in 1958, is considered his magnum opus. He also authored four subsequent novels, two short-story collections, and numerous other writings, including a controversial essay on racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement.

References: Franklin, ‘After Empire’
The New Yorker 2008. Penguin Random House web.
pp. [6] 170.
  Condition: Fine in near fine unclipped dust jacket, small tape repair to verso of spine head, light toning to spine, and top edge of jacket.   Ref: 106632   Price: HK$ 3,000