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This undated photo provided by Brown University shows Chinua Achebe at his home in Warwick, R.I. The internationally celebrated Nigerian author, statesman and dissident, has died at age 82. Achebe's 1958 novel, "Things Fall Apart," is widely regarded as the first major work of modern African fiction and inspired others to tell the continent's story through the eyes of those who lived there. (AP Photo/Brown University, Mike Cohea) Copyright 2010, The Associated Press

Chinua Achebe, celebrated Nigerian novelist, dies

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NEW YORK (AP) — The opening sentence was as simple, declarative and revolutionary as a line out of Hemingway:

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"Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond," Chinua Achebe wrote in "Things Fall Apart."

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