African literary titan Chinua Achebe died Thursday in Boston. He was 82. A native of Nigeria, Achebe wrote a number of novels, poems and essays but is best known for his 1958 bestselling novel Things Fall Apart, an examination of the clash between colonialism and tradition in 19th-Century Africa. Originally written in English, it was translated into 50 languages and sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
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