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Anthills of the Savannah Essay | Critical Essay #3

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Critical Essay #3

In "Civil Peace," a story he wrote seventeen years ago, Chinua Achebe noted how the violence of civil war inevitably outlives the actual conflict, and barely pausing for breath, extends itself into peacetime. As a band of thieves threatens the protagonist's family with automatic rifles, the leader dwells for a moment on this fine distinction:

Awrighto. Now make we talk business. We no be bad
tief. We no like for make trouble. Trouble done finish.
War done finish and all the katakata wey de for inside.
No Civil War again. This time na Civil Peace. No be so?


Anthills of the Savannah, Achebe's first major novel since Things Fall Apart appeared thirty years ago, unfolds against a similarly euphemistic backdrop of civil peace. The setting is the West African nation of Kangan, a fictional cousin to Achebe's own Nigeria. During the last two years, Kangan has witnessed a...

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