The Concubine

by Elechi Amadi

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Ihuoma, a beautiful young widow, has the admiration of the entire community in which she lives, and especially of the hunter Ekwueme. But their passion is fated and jealousy, a love potion and the closeness of the spirit world are important factors.

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Author: Elechi Amadi
ISBN: 978-0435905569
Publisher: Heinemann; 1 edition
Size (inches): 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8
Pages: 216 pp
Format: Paperback
Colour: Black and White
Weight: 158.757 grams
Language: English
Publication Date: 1975

About the Author

Elechi Amadi was born in 1934 in Aluu near Port Harcourt in Eastern Nigeria. At University College, Ibadan he took a degree in physics and mathematics. After a period of land surveying and teaching he enlisted in the Nigerian Army. He left the army finally to work for the Rivers State Government, where he headed the Ministry of Education. He is the author of the renowned trilogy of novels The Concubine, The Great Ponds, The Slave. And his civil war diary, Sunset in Biafra, has been acclaimed. He has also published a verse play Isiburu and Ethics in Nigerian Culture.
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Elechi Amadi

Elechi Amadi, (born May 12, 1934, Aluu, near Port Harcourt, Nigeria) novelist and playwright best known for works that explore the role of the supernatural in Nigerian village life. Amadi, an Ikwere (Ikwerre, Ikwerri) who wrote in English, was educated at Government College, Umuahia, and University College, Ibadan, in physics and mathematics. He served in the Nigerian army, taught, and worked for the Ministry of Information. Sunset in Biafra (1973), his only work of nonfiction, recounts his experiences as a soldier and civilian during the Biafran conflict. Amadi is best known, however, for his historical trilogy about traditional life in rural Nigeria: The Concubine (1966), The Great Ponds (1969), and The Slave (1978). These novels concern human destiny and the extent to which it can be changed; the relationship between people and their gods is the central issue explored. Amadi is a keen observer of details of daily life and religious rituals, which he unobtrusively describes in his dramatic stories. Similar emphases are found in his verse play, Isiburu (1973), about a champion wrestler who is ultimately defeated by the supernatural power of his enemy. Among his other works is Pepper Soup and the Road to Ibadan (1977).