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Achebe on the ‘Heart of Darkness’

In Joseph Conrad’s 1899 novella "Heart of Darkness," an English sailor tells the tale of his voyage on the Congo River in Africa. The novel, which is set during the height of British imperialism in Africa, contrasts “civilized” Europeans with “uncivilized” African natives and describes the brutal treatment of Africans by European traders. Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe’s 1958 novel "Things Fall Apart" provides a contrast to Conrad’s story, describing the British colonization of Africa from the perspective of Africans. In this audio story, Achebe talks about how his understanding of "Heart of Darkness" changed over time.

Race Colonialism Imperialism Culture Africa World Literature

Story Length: 4:37

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National Public Radio © 2009 National Public Radio, Inc. Used with the permission of NPR. All rights reserved.

AIR DATE: 10/15/2009


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