Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian writer best known for his novel Things Fall Apart, has died “after a brief illness” according to The New York Times. The writer was 82.
The report notes that few details were immediately available, but we will update this post as more is released.
As Paste books editor Charles McNair noted in 2010, Achebe’s monumental Things Fall Apart was translated in over 50 languages, sold more than 8 million copies and is “arguably the best-known written work by any African writer … not counting Moses, the famous Egyptian, and his five notable books of the Old Testament.”
Between 1958 and 1987 Achebe released five novels, eight short stories and several books of poetry. His final novel was 1987’s Anthills of the Savannah. Achebe won Great Britain’s Man Booker Prize for lifetime achievement in 2007.
You can read McNair’s full reflection on Achebe and Things Fall Apart here.