A Man of the People

A Man of the People

by Chinua Achebe


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From the renowned author of The African Trilogy, a political satire about an unnamed African country navigating a path between violence and corruption
As Minister for Culture, former school teacher M. A. Nanga is a man of the people, as cynical as he is charming, and a roguish opportunist. When Odili, an idealistic young teacher, visits his former instructor at the ministry, the division between them is vast. But in the eat-and-let-eat atmosphere, Odili's idealism soon collides with his lusts—and the two men's personal and political tauntings threaten to send their country into chaos. When Odili launches a vicious campaign against his former mentor for the same seat in an election, their mutual animosity drives the country to revolution.
Published, prophetically, just days before Nigeria's first attempted coup in 1966, A Man of the People is an essential part of Achebe’s body of work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385086165
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2016
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 326,903
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.43(d)

About the Author

Chinua Achebe (1930–2013) was born in Nigeria. Widely considered to be the father of modern African literature, he is best known for his masterful African Trilogy, consisting of Things Fall Apart, Arrow of God, and No Longer at Ease. The trilogy tells the story of a single Nigerian community over three generations from first colonial contact to urban migration and the breakdown of traditional cultures. He is also the author of Anthills of the SavannahA Man of the PeopleGirls at War and Other StoriesHome and ExileHopes and ImpedimentsCollected PoemsThe Education of a British-Protected ChildChike and the River, and There Was a Country. He was the David and Marianna Fisher University Professor and Professor of Africana Studies at Brown University and, for more than fifteen years, was the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. Achebe was the recipient of the Nigerian National Merit Award, Nigeria’s highest award for intellectual achievement. In 2007, Achebe was awarded the Man Booker International Prize for lifetime achievement.

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Man of the People 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
WillR More than 1 year ago
Will R.    This book shows how things work in Africa, and the lesson is that you can always stand your ground. It was very good, and it had everything a book should have. It had theme, story, and a lesson. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was difficult at first but once the characters were established it became easier to follow...even enjoyable. I would have never read it on my own but it's a book that will expand your 'reading horizons'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a man of the people focuses on real political issues splendidly , through the use of satire and it really is an eye openner of how politics is.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was ok, recomended? ,,,no!!!! One to read only if necessary~
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book was good funny nice satire