Chinua Achebe (essay date winter 1977)
SOURCE: Achebe, Chinua. “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's Heart of Darkness.” In Hopes and Impediments: Selected Essays, 1965-1987, pp. 1-13. London: Heinemann International, 1988.
[In the following essay, originally published in the winter issue of the Massachusetts Review in 1977, Achebe asserts that Joseph Conrad was a racist and that his novel Heart of Darkness celebrates the dehumanization of Africans. Achebe also notes that white critics have not commented on this type of racism, which, he asserts, was and is the dominant perception of Africa in the Western imagination.]
In the fall of 1974 I was walking one day from the English...
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