New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992. Hardcover. 5" x 8" Fine / Fine. Item #006290
Everyman's Library, No. 135. Red cloth boards, black spine label. Gold ribbon marker. xxi, 181 pp. Ribbon marker slightly frayed at the end. Ownership inscription to flyleaf. Fine condition overall. Things Fall Apart tells two overlapping, intertwining stories, both of which centre around Okonkwo, a "strong man" of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first of these stories traces his fall from grace with the tribal world in which he lives, and in its classical purity of line and economical beauty it provides us with a powerful fable about the immemorial conflict between the individual and society. The second concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world throught he arrival of aggressive, proselytizing European missionaries.