Things Fall Apart named among, 50 Most Influential Books of the last 50 years

A group called ‘SuperScholar’
made this selection, and named
Achebe’s first novel amongst the
50 most influential books by
other world acclaimed writers. Things Fall Apart, which focuses on the clash of colonialism, Christianity, and native
African culture, is famed as one of the most widely
read fiction of African literature. It was 1958 and has been translated to more than 60
languages across the world. 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 now a Professor of Africana Studies at
Brown University, Rhode Island in the US, is author of
five other novels, several volumes of poetry and essay
collections. His latest book, ‘There Was A Country: A Personal
History of Biafra’, is expected to be published in
September, 2012. According to the editors at SuperScholar, in compiling
the books on this list, the editors tried to provide a
window into the culture of the last 50 years. “Ideally, if you read every book on this list, you will
know how we got to where we are today. Not all the
books on this list are “great.” The criterion for
inclusion was not greatness but INFLUENCE. All the
books on this list have been enormously influential.” The books we chose required some hard choices.
Because influence tends to be measured in years
rather than months, it’s much easier to put older
books (published in the 60s and 70s) on such a list
than more recent books (published in the last decade). Older books have had more time to prove themselves.
Selecting the more recent books required more
guesswork, betting on which would prove influential in
the long run. We also tried to keep a balance between books that
everyone buys and hardly anyone reads versus books
that, though not widely bought and read, are deeply
transformative. The Grateful Dead and Frank Zappa never sold as
many records as some of the “one-hit wonders,” but
their music has transformed the industry. Influence and
popularity sometimes don’t go together. We’ve tried
to reflect this in our list.

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