Things Fall Apart


One of the reasons the Café Literario meets is to explore different cultures through literature. Reading broadens our worldview and if we read virtuously, it can increase our solidarity with people who are very different than us.


Chinua Achebe. (1994). Things Fall Apart. New York: Anchor Books. 


On Thursday, May 18th we will have a bilingual meeting to discuss Chinua Achebe’s book, Things Fall Apart.


Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a ‘strong man’ of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo’s world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries.


“These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.”


Things Fall Apart  may well be Africa’s best-loved novel. . . . For so many readers around the world, it is Chinua Achebe who opened up the magic casements of African fiction.” – Kwame Anthony Appiah


This meeting will take place in Palermo and will be announced in early May. For more information, please email us at