Anthills of the Savannah

Publisher: Anchor Canada
Achebe writes about the political and social problems facing newly independent African states.

Anthills of the Savannah
transports the reader to the West African country of Kangan, a fictional Nigeria, in the wake of a revolutionary coup that overthrew a dictator. Achebe discusses the strict balance of power that must be maintained in order to sustain a democracy, and the fine the line that is tread between leader and dictator.


"Achebe has written a story that sidesteps both ideologies of the African experience and political agendas, in order to lead us to a deeply human universal wisdom."
The Washington Post Book World

"[Anthills of the Savannah] has wonderful satiric moments and resounds with big African laughter."
The New York Review of Books

"Achebe moves effortlessly … creating a flurry of perspectives from which his story's dramatic and disturbing events are scrutinized. Anthills of the Savannah … will prove hard to forget. It's a vision of social change that strikes us with the foce of prophecy."
USA Today

"This bitterly ironic novel by the Nigerian author of Things Fall Apart is at times more of a polemic than dramatic narrative, but it presents a candid, trenchantly insightful view of contemporary Africa."
Publisher's Weekly