The Realistic NovelPost Comment The Realistic Novel Nigeria
The more potent tradition in the anglophone Nigerian prose fiction is not the romance or mythic novel, but the so-called realistic novel. The pio neers of this mode are Cyprian Ekwensi and Chinua Achebe, with the latter as its supreme con solidator. Ekwensi has the reputation of being a prolific and versatile literary artist, who has written in all the major genres. But the reputation is based largely on his five novels, namely, People of the City (1954), Jagua Nana (1961), Burning Grass (1962) Beautiful Feathers (1968) and lska (1968), with Jagua Nana as the most successful work. Chinua Achebe's contribution to the Nigerian realistic novel mode is the historical and village dimension.
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