Category: The Global Era

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The Handmaid’s Tale

Margaret Atwood, Canada.1985 Margaret Atwood is a prolific poet, novelist, literary critic, activist and writer whose works have found a worldwide audience beyond her native Canada. Atwood is a winner of the Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature, and has been a finalist for the Canadian Governor General’s Award seven times, winning twice. While her novels have garnered her global recognition, her poetry is also highly regarded and she has published a number of anthologies. Blending both feminist and mythological themes her novels, usually set in the past or near future often explore...

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Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe, Nigeria.1958 Chinua Achebe is one of the founders of the new literature movement in Africa and many critics have come to consider him the finest Nigerian novelist of his generation. His achievements, however, have not been limited to his own country and he is considered by many to be one of the best novelists now writing in the English language. Albert Chinualumogu Achebe was born in 1930 in Ogidi, Nigeria. He attended Government College in Umuahia from 1944 to 1947 and University College in Ibadan from 1948 to 1953. In 1953 he left Nigeria to study in London...

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The Threepenny Opera

Berthold Brecht, Germany. 1928 German poet, playwright, and theatrical innovator, Bertolt Brecht was one of the most important figures in 20th-century theatre. Brecht developed a new form of political theatre and was the foremost theatre reformer of the Weimar Republic. His left leaning politics also marked him for persecution once the Nazi’s took over Germany and Brecht and his long-time musical collaborator Kurt Weil were forced to move around the world in search of work and audiences. Brecht was born in Augsburg into a middle class family. His school years were marked by insubordination and he was an indifferent student....