Chinua Achebe

Achebe's 1958 debut novel, "Things Fall Apart," presented European colonization from an African viewpoint and established him as the patriarch of modern African literature. He was 82. <br>
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Achebe's 1958 debut novel, "Things Fall Apart," presented European colonization from an African viewpoint and established him as the patriarch of modern African literature. He was 82.
Full obituary
Notable deaths of 2012

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