First Print of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Sells for N1m

A first edition copy of late Chinua Achebe’s landmark novel ‘Things Fall Apart’  was on Monday sold for N1 million.

The private sale took place on social networking site Twitter following a call by an Nigerian author, Lola Shoneyin, for collectors to purchase the vintage copy.

Shoneyin, author of ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’, tweeted the sale @lolashoneyin on Sunday.

“Hey book collectors! My friend is selling a first print, first edition copy of ‘Things Fall Apart’ for N1m. Reply here and she will contact you,” she tweeted.

Hours later, with her timeline flooded, she announced that the book had been bought by an anonymous buyer.

“The book has been bought by an anonymous buyer,” she said.

‘Things Fall Apart’ was published in 1958; its story chronicles pre-colonial life in the south-eastern part of Nigeria and the arrival of the Europeans during the late nineteenth century.

It is seen as the archetypal modern African novel in English, one of the first to receive global critical acclaim.

Achebe was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic. ‘Things Fall Apart’, his first novel, is his magnum opus, and he won the Man Booker International Prize in 2007.


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